The authors examine the relationship between President George W. Bush and the U.S. Congress through six case studies from the first six years of the Bush presidency, including: education reform, campaign finance reform, intelligence reform, creation of the Dept. of Homeland Security, the response to Hurricane Katrina, and the effort to reform Social Security. Each case is examined to determine who provided the critical elements of political leadership: direction, coherence and energy.
Jason D. Mycoff is assistant professor at the University of Delaware, teaches courses on American politics and research methods. His research focuses on congressional committees in the lawmaking process and institutional relationships between the legislative, executive, and judicial branches. Joseph A. Pika is professor at the University of Delaware, teaches American politics with a research specialization in the presidency. Pika is co-author (with John Maltese) of The Politics of the Presidency and The Presidential Contest. In addition to his academic career, Pika has served on numerous state committees and task forces including eight years on the Delaware State Board of Education, four as president of the Board.
Part 1 The Search for Leadership Chapter 2 The Institutional Balance in 2001 Part 3 No Child Left Behind Chapter 4 Background: Previous Education Reform Efforts Chapter 5 Bush's Early Proposal-Taking the Initiative Chapter 6 The Early Legislative Process Chapter 7 Passage on the House and Senate Floor Chapter 8 Themes of Individual Leadership on Eucation Reform Part 9 Intelligence Redesign and Reform Chapter 10 Background: The September 11th Terrorist Attacks Chapter 11 Early Efforts to Launch a 9/11 Inquiry Chapter 12 Establishing the 9/11 Commission Chapter 13 The Commission's Final Report Chapter 14 Pre-Election Efforts to Act on the COmmission's Report Chapter 15 Post-Election Efforts to Act on the Commission's Report Chapter 16 Themes of Individual Leadership on Intelligence Reform Part 17 Campaign Finance Reform Chapter 18 Background: Previous Campaign Finance Reform Efforts Chapter 19 The 1996 Presidential Election Chapter 20 The Bi-Partisan Campaign Reform Act: 1997-2000 Chapter 21 BCRA, President Bush and Enron: Changing the Political Dynamic Chapter 22 Themes of Individual Leadership Part 23 Creating the Department of Homeland Security Chapter 24 Background: The Homeland Security Network Chapter 25 The September 11th Terrorist Attacks Chapter 26 The Debate Over Department Status Chapter 27 House Passage Chapter 28 Senate Passage Chapter 29 Final Passage Chapter 30 Themes of Individual Leadership on Homland Security Part 31 Hurricane Katrina Chapter 32 Background: The Emergency Management System Chapter 33 Preparing for and Responding to Hurricane Katrina Chapter 34 Themes of Individual Leadership on Katrina Part 35 Social Security Reform and Leadership in American Government Chapter 36 Background: Program Design and Early Reform Effirts Chapter 37 Social Security: FDR through Regan Chapter 38 President Bush Enters the Fray Chapter 39 Action in Congress Chapter 40 Individual Leadership on Social Security Reform Chapter 41 Origins of Leadership: Evidence from Six Cases Chapter 42 Leadership Themes Chapter 43 Leadership in American National Government