The American Vice Presidency From the Shadow to the Spotlight

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  • 9781442228894
  • april 2015
  • Hardcover
  • 234 pagina's
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It is quite possible that no elected office has been more historically maligned than the vice presidency of the United States. From the beginning of American politics the office has been the object of ridicule by scholars, pundits, humorists, citizens, and even vice presidents themselves. The perception among many is that institution and its occupants are at best irrelevant. Recent history would suggest otherwise, but as it stands no book exists that takes a detailed look at the new, impactful vice presidency that’s been forged since Clinton/Gore took office. The American Vice Presidencyfills an important hole in the literature available to those interested in the modern vice presidency. Concise yet comprehensive, this book is the fullest and most accurate examination of the office to date, covering the origins and constitutional roots of the institution, its history, and the slow transformation of the office starting in the mid-twentieth century. Jody C Baumgartner and Thomas F. Crumblin highlight major changes in vice presidential selection as well as the new and various roles that vice presidents are being asked to play in their administrations. The book emphasizes the increasingly substantive Vice Presidencies of Gore, Cheney, and Biden and both informs and spurs the debate surrounding what form and role the Vice Presidency will take on moving forward.


Baumgartner and Crumblin provide a detailed account of the history and development of the American vice presidents. The authors do a good job of surveying the early period from the Constitutional Convention to the late 19th century, and also provide an assessment of the transition of the position into the modern era. The particular benefit of the book, however, is the authors' coverage of the most recent vice presidents: Al Gore, Dick Cheney, and Joe Biden. Their assessment of Cheney-easily one of the most controversial vice presidents-covers his influence over national security policy to his role in George W. Bush's 2004 reelection campaign, and is thorough and fair. A similar treatment is given of Biden, who, like Cheney and Gore before him, is a key presidential adviser. Baumgartner and Crumblin do well in showing that the office of the vice president is no longer a resting place for mediocrities' as Arthur Schlesinger once opined. Instead, it is an important position that attracts strong and forceful politicians. Summing Up: Recommended. General readers and undergraduate students all levels. * CHOICE * Jody C Baumgarter and Thomas F. Crumblin's outstanding analysis of the historic evolution of the vice president into the presidential alter-ego is especially insightful for the three most recent vice presidents, Al Gore, Dick Cheney, and Joe Biden. This original and persuasive book shows how presidents use their vice presidents for policy and political advice and how they have become presidential surrogates both at home and abroad. -- James A. Thurber, Distinguished Professor, American University No longer just an office that helps presidential candidates unify the party and win electoral votes, modern vice presidents share the burden of governing and have become major Washington players in their own right. Detailed case studies on Gore, Cheney, and Biden make it clear that recent vice presidents bear only a slight resemblance to their historic predecessors and make a compelling argument that future presidential candidates should carefully consider whom they choose to join them on the ticket. -- Joseph A. Pika, James R. Sole Professor, University of Delaware As the authors of this book note, no other elected office has been more maligned than the vice presidency-but no other book will do more to correct that historical error than this one! Jody C Baumgartner and Thomas F. Crumblin have produced an informative and authoritative account of the least understood of all public offices, yet managed to make the book so accessible and engaging that it should be appreciated by a very wide audience. -- Robert P. Watson, Lynn University; author of Affairs of State, The Presidents' Wives, and America's First Crisis



april 2015
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234 pagina's


Jody C. Baumgartner
Rowman & Littlefield



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