Presidential Politics

A primary focus of the research at the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies is the institution of the Presidency. Our work focuses both on relationships between the President and Congress as well as outside interests lobbying the Executive Branch. Additionally, CCPS scholars have studied the presidential campaigns to see what works, what does not, and what influences voters to cast their ballots one way or the other (or at all). CCPS scholars have written numerous books and articles examining these relationships and behaviors.


"Lobbying Congress for the White House" - Gary Andres at the Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute

Books by Candice Nelson

  • Vital Signs: Perspectives on the Health of American Campaigning (Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press, 2005 (with David Dulio).
  • Shades of Gray: Perspectives on Campaign Ethics (Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press, 2002 (with David Dulio and Stephen Medvic).

Books by James Thurber and Candice Nelson

  • Campaigns and Elections American Style (Boulder, CO.: Westview Press, 3rd Edition, 2009)(Editor with Candice J. Nelson).
  • Crowded Airwaves: Campaign Advertising in Elections (Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press, 2000) (Editors with David Dulio).

Selected Books and reports by James Thurber

  • Rivals for Power: Presidential-Congressional Relations (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 4th edition, 2009)(Editor).
  • Report on Selected Published Works and Written Comments Regarding the Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management Program, 1989-1993 (Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Energy, 1994).
  • Beyond Distrust: Building Bridges Between Congress and the Executive (Washington, DC: National Academy of Public Administration, 1992) (One of five principal investigators and authors).
  • Congressional-Executive Interaction and the Nuclear Waste Repository Site Selection Process (Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Energy, 1992).
  • Evaluation and Proposed Improvements to Effectiveness of U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Generic Communications (Washington, DC: U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, 1987) (NUREG/CR-4991).

Articles and Chapters by James Thurber

  • "Congress and the Presidency", Politique Am√©ricaine, May 2007, pp. 28-43.
  • "A Perfect Campaign: The Role of Money, Organization and Strategy in the 2008 Presidential Campaign," in Erik Jones and Salvatore Vassallo (eds.), The 2008 Presidential Election: A Story in Four Acts (New York, Palgrave MacMillan, August 2009).
  • "Is the Permanent Campaign Alive and Well After 9/11?" Extensions: Journal of the APSA Legislative Studies Group, Spring 2002.
  • Foreword for John Kingdon's Agendas, Alternatives, and Public Policies (New York: Longman, 2002).
  • "The Politics of Congressional Oversight of the High Level Radioactive Waste Program," International Journal on High Level Nuclear Waste, Fall 1993, pp. 103-18.