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Volume 38, Number 3 - September 2008

The Vice Presidency is often perceived as a relatively benign force on America's political stage. Therefore, the U.S. Constitution gives very little attention to this position, only merely mentioning two duties: assuming the Presidency if the current President is unable to serve and to preside as President of the United States Senate. However, as times change, so do political functions. In "The Rising Power of the Modern Vice Presidency," Joel Goldstein illustrates Walter Mondale's influence elevating the Vice Presidency to a demonstratively greater position of power and influence in the White House. Goldstein also looks at the limitations still attributed to the position. As Charles Jones explains in his article, "Vice Presidents and other Heirs Apparent: The Historical Experience of Experience," an attempt by a Vice President to inherent the Presidency will not necessarily be accompanied by voter support. Political experience is not a guaranteed foothold for obtaining the Presidency. Finally, two features in this volume address the tension between politics and controversy with an examination of some of the more contentious actions of past Presidents.

Symposium on the New Presidency
The New Vice Presidency: Institutions and Politics - George C. Edwards III, Lawrence R. Jacobs

The Rising Power of the Modern Vice Presidency - Joel K. Goldstein

The Making of the Modern Vice Presidency: A Personal Reflection - Richard Moe

Institutional Change and the Dynamics of Vice Presidential Selection - Mark Hiller, Douglas Kriner

Vice Presidents and Other Heirs Apparent: The Historical Experience of Experience - Charles O. Jones

Theodore Roosevelt's Diplomacy and the Quest for Great Power Equilibrium in Asia - Greg Russell

Did Reagan Make Gorbachev Possible? - James Graham Wilson

The Contemporary Presidency: And We Will Know Their Greatness by the Trail of Controversy: Washington, Lincoln, and Franklin D. Roosevelt and Their Increasingly Contested Successors - Gunnar Grendstad

The Law: Executive Power and Prosecution: Lessons from the Libby Trial and the U.S. Attorney Firings - Katy J. Harriger

Polls and Elections: Southern Discomfort? Regional Differences in Voter Decision Making in the 2000 Presidential Election - D. Sunshine Hillygus, Todd Shields

If Everyone Had Voted, Would Bubba and Dubya Have Won? - John Sides, Eric Schickler, Jack Citrin

Book Review Essay
Public Confidence and Executive Power: The Symbiosis – Brian Steele

Book Reviews
Electing FDR: The New Deal Campaign of 1932 by Donald A. Ritchie - Dean J. Kotlowski

The Race to 270: The Electoral College and the Campaign Strategies of 2000 and 2004 by Daron Shaw - Terri Susan Fine

The George W. Bush Legacy edited by Colin Campbell, Bert A. Rockman, and Andrew Rudalevige - Caroline Heldman


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