White House Correspondent for The New York Times, Peter Baker, Interviews Cambria Press Author Secretary Ray LaHood About His New Book, “Seeking Bipartisanship”

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Read the article by Peter Baker, White House Correspondent for The New York Times, in which he interviews Cambria Press author Secretary Ray LaHood about his new book, Seeking Bipartisanship, which he coauthored with Dr. Frank H. Mackaman who heads The Dirksen Congressional Center.

Learn more about Seeking Bipartisanship.

ISBN: 9781604979053 · 360pp. (includes photos) · $29.95 – Buy the book.

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Cambria Press Publication: Seeking Bipartisanship by Ray LaHood with Frank Mackaman

This book is in the Cambria Politics, Institutions, and Public Policy in America (PIPPA) Series headed by Scott A. Frisch and Sean Q. Kelly.

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Outstanding Turnout for Secretary Ray LaHood’s Book Talk on Seeking Bipartisanship at Bradley University

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Secretary Ray LaHood giving the keynote commencement address at Bradley University

Cambria Press Book Talk by Author Secretary Ray LaHood

Close to 300 people turned up for Secretary Ray LaHood’s talk on his new book, Seeking Bipartisanship, at Bradley University yesterday. The book, which was written with Dr. Frank H. Mackaman who heads the Dirksen Congressional Center, is an unprecedented book detailing Secretary LaHood’s efforts to bridge the partisan divide between the Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill.

The only elected Republican selected for President Obama’s Cabinet, Secretary LaHood’s work has been recognized by politicians on both sides of the aisle, such as Mayor Rahm Emanuel of Chicago who has stated:

“Bipartisanship can work, and it should work better. Ray and I did it in Congress. My relationship with Ray is proof of that. He is a Republican; I am a Democrat. He came from downstate; I represented Chicago. He is a Lebanese American; I am a Jewish American. He supported John McCain in 2008; I supported Barack Obama. Despite all of this, we did not let what separated us prevent us from developing a great friendship. If we could work together, and we did, anything is possible.”

Mayor Rahm Emanuel went on to recommend the book:

“This much-needed book—not only for American politics but also for the American people and all who believe in democracy—is a brilliant account of how we can and should seek bipartisanship. It presents an important part of American history—when Democrats and Republicans reached across the aisle.”

Learn more about Seeking Bipartisanship, which will be released at the end of this October. Preorder now at the special price of $29.95.

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Cambria Press Publication: Seeking Bipartisanship by Ray LaHood with Frank Mackaman

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#APSA2015 Meet Tom Cronin & Michael Genovese @CambriaPress Booth TODAY

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#APSA2015 Cambria Press Booth (705) at 10 a.m. on Friday: Meet Thomas Cronin, Michael Genovese, and the authors behind The Quest for Leadership

Meet Thomas E. Cronin, Michael Genovese, and the authors behind The Quest for Leadership today at 10 a.m. at the Cambria Press booth (705) in the #APSA2015 book exhibit hall. You might be one of the lucky ones to get a complimentary, signed copy of this brand-new publication!

The book launch for The Quest for Leadership took place last night at the APSA Presidential and Executive Politics (PEP) reception. Authored by some of the nation’s top scholars and led by distinguished political scientist Michael A. Genovese, this publication honors eminent political scientist Thomas E. Cronin for his significant contributions to the fields of political science and leadership.

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The Quest for Leadership

Chapter 1: Hitting the Ground Running Twice (Meenekshi Bose

“The three case studies presented here illustrate some instructive parallels between the two presidencies. Both Bush and Obama succeeded in enacting one of their top policy priorities—education and health-care reform, respectively—early in their first terms by setting clear goals and negotiating with Congress to pass legislation. Bush engaged in bipartisan negotiations while Obama pursued intra-party negotiations, but both presidents were willing to make compromises to achieve results. In their second terms, though, both presidents did not have similar success with their policy agendas of Social Security reform for Bush and immigration reform for Obama. Why were they unable to hit the ground running again?”

Chapter 2: Leadership and the Tending of Coalitions (Bruce Miroff)

“Paying attention to the tending of coalitions is essential if one wishes to understand what shapes presidential purposes and drives presidential actions. Presidents pursuing strongly felt policy preferences are likely to temper their own aspirations with recognition of the need to incorporate the preferences of their most essential supporters. For cases in which presidents’ policy preferences are more prudential than personal, the preferences of coalition members are likely to assume an even greater role in executive choices. For the presidency, facing as it does such a wide-ranging array of policy concerns, the latter situation may well be more common than the former.”

Chapter 3: President as War-Time Leader (David Gray Adler)

“The trajectory of thought among modern presidents on the question of legal and constitutional limits on executive power, in either initiating war or conducting it, is a flat line. For more than a half century, presidents of both parties—Republicans and Democrats, conservatives and liberals alike—have assumed the authority to initiate and direct war is exclusively executive in nature. That position, now firmly ingrained in presidential remarks at press conferences, in cabinet members’ testimony before congressional committees and in the opinions of the Office of Legal Counsel, has no footing in the text of the Constitution, the discussions and debates in the Constitutional Convention and the various state ratifying conventions, the Federalist Papers and other contemporaneous documents that accompanied the drafting and signing of the Constitution. Nor does the argument find any traction in opinions delivered by the US Supreme Court. We have reached a point in American history where presidents and their lawyers pay little or no heed to constitutional principles that, 200 years ago, sought to prevent presidential war-making. Indeed, the practice of war making in the United States today bears no resemblance to the Constitution.

Chapter 4: Reflections on the State of Presidential Leadership and Authority (Victoria A. Farrar-Myers)

“If norms, or shared understandings of expected behavior, continue to demand the exercise of presidential leadership after Obama leaves office, regardless of who holds the office of president, then the primary source of leadership within the American political system will remain entrenched in the White House. But if the understandings of expected presidential behavior cease to be shared widely, then the federal government may appear rudderless, both domestically and internationally, in the absence of Congress picking up the mantle of leadership; a situation with which we are all too familiar.

Chapter 5: Mistaking the Moment and Misperceiving the Opportunity (Lara M. Brown

“Neustadt argued that “Congress, institutionally, is suspicious” of the White House and that members compete “for control of the federal agencies, their programs, and their budgets.” Noting that the “courteous manners and procedural accommodations” are only temporary, he implied that the legislative alliances formed in those first heady months are more fragile than they appear because of these politicians’ differing constituencies and electoral demands. As such, presidents expecting enduring loyalty from fellow partisans in Congress, according to Neustadt’s observations, are likely to be disappointed. Beyond all of these issues, partisan polarization marks every aspect of today’s politics. From an electorate less likely to look past party labels and cast split tickets to the vastly different presidential approval ratings that vary by party affiliation to the nontrivial levels of fear and loathing of opposition partisans that are measured in surveys, American politics have become more than a team sport. Each day seems to be a rivalry grudge match. Not unlike the iconic Hatfield and McCoy feud, distrust and suspicion are pervasive between the parties. Negotiations are fraught with irrational, spiteful, and petty behaviors. Rhetoric and optics now seem to trump accomplishments. In sum, doing matters less than posturing. Posturing for what? Why the next election, of course.”

Chapter 6: Presidents Bush and Obama and the Surveillance of Americans (James P. Pfiffner

“Since the atrocities of 9/11, the US intelligence community has vastly expanded in size and scope; and with the growth of the internet, the technological capacity of the US government to collect information and communications of US citizens has increased exponentially. President George W. Bush initially authorized surveillance of Americans without the warrants required in law, based on his claimed inherent Article II powers. Congress later included some of these surveillance programs in law. President Obama, before he came to office, expressed some criticism about the Bush programs and wanted to place limits on government surveillance of Americans. But once he was in office, he embraced existing surveillance programs as necessary to protect US national security. When the extent of some of these programs was unveiled by Edward Snowden in the summer of 2013, people concerned with civil liberties expressed alarm at the scope of these programs.”

Chapter 7: Leading the Public/ Following the Public (Todd L. Belt)

“The president is the most visible politician in the US, and much has been made of his ability to influence public opinion. From advocating for certain policies, to leading the country to war, to consoling the nation during times of crises, the president is the nation’s foremost political communicator. But he can only lead the nation so far, and sometimes his efforts have been resisted by the public at large. For example, in 2006, George W. Bush suffered defeats in advocating for Social Security and Immigration reform; and in 2013, Barack Obama was forced to backpedal from his advocacy of an intervention in the Syrian civil war. These failures in public leadership come against the backdrop of a changing communication environment as well as a changing political climate. Does the emergence of online communication help or hinder the president’s attempts at public leadership? Does this new technology force the president to respond to follow public opinion rather than to lead it? What role does increased political polarization have on the president’s ability to lead the public?”

Chapter 8: America’s World Leadership (David C. Hendrickson)

“The strategy of revolutionary overthrow—as recently witnessed in Iraq, Libya, Syria, and Ukraine—is just one of the things wrong with American foreign policy, and retrenchment on that score would by no means solve all of America’s problems. But it is a start. Reflection on the purposes of American power has to begin with the choice between contrary precedents, of which the most dramatic is that between Richard Nixon in 1973 and George Bush in 2005. All questions of leadership are ultimately dependent on the worthiness of the ends that leaders seek: if the goal is misconceived, then no marshalling of allies or subtle changes in means will salvage it. Americans should appreciate their heritage of world leadership, but they should also query it. In past epochs, American leaders entertained a more modest conception of the nation’s role. They held fast to a vision of world order that has been practically abandoned in recent years. To move forward in the future, Americans need to claw their way back to the past in search of useful precedents to guide them.”

Chapter 9: Leadership in the Judicial Context (Christopher Shortell)

“Leadership is often studied through the lens of executive and legislative contexts. The judiciary has not received the same attention, which is unfortunate because understanding leadership in the judiciary requires more than simply applying existing leadership studies to judges. Studying judicial leadership requires paying careful attention to the particular institutional contexts within which judges work. The constraints and opportunities are distinct in important ways from those faced by executives and legislatures. This is not to say that leadership is unimportant in the judicial context or that existing studies of leadership do not recognize the importance of institutional constraints. Rather, it is to argue that understanding judicial leadership requires scholars to pay careful attention to when and how that leadership can emerge and operate in its particular context.”

Chapter 11: I Am an American Day (David Schmitz

“With war on the horizon, the change of focus from citizenship to wartime mobilization and the proper role of the United States in the war were reflected in the I Am an American Day events held throughout the nation. They became more about the contrast between the United States and the fascist nations, about what was necessary to protect American freedom and liberty now and in the future, than civics lessons and ceremonies on naturalization and good citizenship. Simultaneously, the crowds soared as millions of people participated across the nation.”

This book is part of the Politics, Institutions, and Public Policy in America (PIPPA) book series  (Editors: Scott Frisch and Sean Kelly). See more well-reviewed books in the Cambria Press PIPPA Series.

About the editor: Michael A. Genovese holds the Loyola Chair of Leadership Studies, and he is Professor of Political Science, Director of the Institute for
Leadership Studies, and acting President of the World Policy Institute at
Loyola Marymount University.

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Presidential Electors and the Electoral College

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Presidential Electors and
the Electoral College
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Chapter 1: A Risk to the Republic?

“The 2000 election marked the fourth time in American history that a candidate was elected president without having won the popular vote. This electoral oddity drew a wealth of national attention to the Electoral College, a system as controversial as it is unique (see, for example, Edwards 2004). The Florida debacle of 2000 generated renewed debate regarding the Electoral College process. Fairly or unfairly, Florida represented larger concerns with the way Americans select their chief executive.”

Chapter 2: Studying Presidential Electors

“From the survey of the 2000 electors, I learned that Republican electors were lobbied to change their votes. I also found several Republican electors who were uneasy about the electoral outcome in which George W. Bush ascended to the presidency. These findings stimulated greater investigation into these phenomena for the 2004 and 2008 surveys. To determine whether such lobbying efforts have any chance of success, one must first understand the motivations of electors. I argue that their fidelity is tied to electors’ connections with the candidates, parties, and electoral system they pledge to support. Addressing the issue of how closely electors are tied to these entities allows insight into the likelihood of elector defection. The purpose of the research conducted is not so much to determine whether such efforts would be successful but rather to examine whether and why electors might be susceptible to these campaigns. Elector lobbying can be viewed as both a threat to the legitimacy of the presidential selection process and as a plausible political tactic.”

Chapter 3: The Class of 2000

“The findings suggest that if the 2000 Electoral College is a prologue to future assemblages, political parties must choose their electors wisely. Of particular importance is that electors demonstrate substantial investments in party activity or significant monetary contributions. Furthermore, the data indicate that the different methods of elector selection may produce electors who invest in politics differently”

Chapter 4: The Class of 2004

“Data from the 2004 electors reveals a sizeable gap between what scholars thought they knew concerning the potential for faithless electors and what they now know about the real possibility of faithless electors. The significant amount of elector lobbying and the relatively large number of electors who considered defecting reveals that beneath the surface of the Electoral College, another campaign to secure votes persists. The legitimacy of the U.S. democratic system hinges in large part upon these individuals’ choices to remain faithful. Fortunately, the potential for chaos the survey reveals has not yet been realized. This could be, as president Benjamin Harrison once suggested, because a faithless elector would become “the object of execration and in times of high excitement might be the subject of a lynching” (Longley and Peirce 1999, 111). Perhaps the threat of public ridicule and concern for safety are the only obstacles preventing the significant pool of wavering electors from jumping ship.”

Chapter 5: The Class of 2008

“Data from the 2008 Electoral College show that for the second consecutive election cycle, roughly one in ten electors considered joining the ranks of faithless electors. These surveys reveal a threat to the American electoral process that has long remained undetected. That so many electors have considered defecting is alarming. More important, these considerations expose an unnecessary risk to the presidential selection process. No elector defected in 2008, yet the possibility for defections was very real. Had wavering electors acted upon their impulses, the effects of their behavior would have been far reaching. From disenfranchising millions of voters to destroying the public’s faith in the political process, the potential effects of a faithless electoral vote pose a significant risk to the republic.”

Chapter 6: Commencement

“Whether the issue is one elector’s disenfranchising thousands of voters or multiple electors’ putting the entire nation at risk, now is the appropriate time to solve the problem. The largest obstacle to such remediation appears to be the lack of urgency with which most regard the risks. However, the possibility that a few rogue electors could cripple the body politic is very real.”

Watch the Cambria Press publication interview with Dr. Alexander.

About the author: 

Robert Alexander is an associate professor of political science at Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio. He received his PhD and MA from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. He is the author of Rolling the Dice with State Initiatives: Interest Group Involvement in Ballot Campaignsand The Classics of Interest Group Behavior. Dr. Alexander’s work has appeared in journals such as the Journal of Politics, PS: Political Science and Politics, and the American Review of Politics. Dr. Alexander serves on the National Executive Committee for Pi Sigma Alpha and on the National Liaison Advisory Board for The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars.

This book is part of the Politics, Institutions, and Public Policy in America (PIPPA) book series  (Editors: Scott Frisch and Sean Kelly). See more well-reviewed books in the Cambria Press PIPPA Series.

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and get 30% off + Free Shipping!
Use coupon code APSA2015.
Libraries can use this code. Valid only for publisher-direct sales.

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5 Must-Read Books for the 2016 Election

The following Cambria Press publications have received outstanding reviews not only from top academic journals but also scholars and practitioners. Select quotes and excerpts from the book reviews are provided below.

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These publications will be on display at the Cambria Press booth at the American Political Science (APSA) annual meeting next week .

1. Jockeying for the American Presidency by Lara M. Brown

Quote from the book:

It is about understanding how presidential aspirants turn political conditions and exogenous events to their favor in order to promote their ambitions.”

Book Reviews:
“Brown’s extensive analysis yields a variety of new and important findings …
this volume contains much of value for scholars of the presidency and presidential elections.” – Presidential Studies Quarterly

“Recommended.” – CHOICE

2. Saving American Elections
by Anthony Gierzynski

Quote from the book:

“The past afflictions of discrimination and corruption did not just go away on their own, after all; they required legal and even constitutional changes that were driven by popular movements. The modern afflictions affecting US elections are no different.”

Book Reviews:
“One of the more interesting prescriptions involves a new civic curriculum to teach the public to think of elections as a way to participate in community decisions and less as an individual expression of opinion. … Recommended. All readership levels.” – CHOICE

3. Presidential Electors and
the Electoral College
by Robert M. Alexander

Quote from the book:

“Very little is known about presidential electors … That they are responsible for ultimately selecting the country’s only nationally elected figure has created great controversy over time.”

Book Reviews:

“A solid, well-composed work of research, an important, if not definitive, study of the subject. Recommended.” – CHOICE

“Valuable and much needed … A serious contribution.”
– Tom Cronin, Colorado College

4. Tough times for the President
by Ryan Barilleaux & Jewerl Maxwell

Quote from the book:

“The focus on presidential leadership and greatness has had significant consequences for the chief executive and the way Americans understand the presidency. It has led to unrealistic expectations …”

Book Reviews:
“A fascinating, challenging, and important book. … given the frequency of tough times, it behooves a president to explore the alternative approaches to governing outlined in this book.” – Presidential Studies Quarterly

5. Jimmy Carter and the Water Wars
by Scott A. Frisch & Sean Q. Kelly

CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title

Quote from the book:

“Jimmy Carter campaigned and won the presidency as an anti-Washington outsider who was especially critical of Congress, rankling many members of Congress. … Balancing the budget was possible, he argued, by reducing wasteful congressional spending.”

Book Reviews:

“An important study of presidential influence in Congress.”
– John Anthony Maltese, University of Georgia

These books will be on display at the Cambria Press booth at the 2015 American Political Science Association (APSA) annual meeting in San Francisco next week.

Use coupon code APSA2015 by October 13 (the date of the first Democratic debate) to get 30%off all hardcover titles + free shipping.

For a summary of books and reviews in the PIPPA series, see this from Cambria Press.


Cambria Press Book Highlights: Highly Acclaimed Titles on Terrorism!

Cambria Press is proud to highlight the following highly acclaimed titles that both scholars and practitioners would find valuable for their research on terrorism.

See what noted experts have to say and click on the titles for more reviews.

As a special promotion, Cambria Press is offering each title for only $40 (the regular list price for each is over $100)–just use coupon code RQCY888 at the Cambria Press website.

The offer ends May 15, 2013, and can also be used by libraries.

When Terrorism and Counterterrorism Clash: The War on Terror and the Transformation of Terrorist Activity by Ivan Sascha Sheehan
“This book is required reading for all those who wish to design and implement effective policies to prevent and otherwise deal with the forces making for global terrorism, including policymakers and their staffs, journalists and pundits, researchers, and politicians of all stripes.” – Dennis Sandole, George Mason University

“Compelling and informative … book sets out a balanced and moderate proposal that is worthy of serious consideration ”  – Alan M. Dershowitz, Harvard University
“A must read and a breakthrough work … The book makes clear the importance of comparing, learning from, and adapting legal systems to the ever-changing world, while maintaining the integrity of the Constitution … A most timely and valuable analysis.”– Christopher L. Blakesley, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Cambria Press authors Dagney Faulk and Michael Hicks were ahead of the curve in calling for local government consolidation!

New and noteworthy books by Gavin Newsom and Cass Sunstein as reported in The Economist  … See also an earlier book Local Government Consolidation in the United States by Dagney Faulk and Michael Hicks!

Governor Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. (Indiana) praises the book because “Dr. Faulk and Dr. Hicks have confirmed in scholarly data what common sense suggests … Dr. Faulk and Dr. Hicks’ work proves that the consolidation or elimination of wasteful, confusing, and unnecessary government is the key to saving tens of millions of dollars for both overburdened tax payers and hard-pressed local governments. In the years ahead, this book will be an important guide, both here in Indiana and across the nation.”

The Journal of Regional Analysis and Policy also lauds it because “[t]his book provides insights into the very timely topic of consolidation. It is well written and anyone seriously interested in the topic can find value in reading it.”

Local Government Consolidation in the United States

Local Government Consolidation in the United States

Recommend this Cambria Press book today! There are affordable Cambria Press e-book versions of this title. Professors, if you would like to use this for your class, refer your librarian to the Cambria Press Desk Copy Plus Program that helps you get free versions for your students!

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