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.

Publications By Year

Green, M. N., & Crouch, J. (2022). Newt Gingrich: The rise and fall of a party entrepreneur. University Press of Kansas.

Crouch, J., & Rozell, M. J. (2021). Presidential Statesmanship in the New Media Era. In American statesmanship: Principles and practice of leadership. essay, University of Notre Dame Press.

Jeffrey Crouch; The Office of the Pardon Attorney: What Comes Next?. Federal Sentencing Reporter 1 June 2021; 33 (5): 337–340. doi:

Crouch, J., Rozell, M. J., & Sollenberger, M. A. (2020). The Unitary Executive Theory: A Danger To Constitutional Government. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas.


Edelson C. (2020) How to Keep the Republic (Before It’s Too Late): Why a New Constitution Is Necessary to Strengthen Liberal Democracy in the United States. In: Lamb C., Neiheisel J. (eds) Presidential Leadership and the Trump Presidency. The Evolving American Presidency. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.

Crouch, Jeffrey. 2020. “Resolved, Congress should have the power to override a presidential pardon by a two-thirds majority vote of both houses.” “Con” essay. In Debating the Presidency: Conflicting Perspectives on the American Executive, 5th Ed. Richard J. Ellis and Michael C. Nelson, Eds. Thousand Oaks, CA: CQ Press/Sage Publications.

Joshua Busby, Dina Smeltz, and Jordan Tama, “Trump and His Advisers Are Probably Wrong about What Foreign Policy Americans Want,” Washington Post (July 3, 2019)

Crouch, Jeffrey. 2019. “President Donald J. Trump and the Clemency Power: Is Claiming ‘Unfair’ Treatment for Pardon Recipients the New ‘Fake News’”? In Presidential Leadership and the Trump Presidency: Executive Power and Democratic Government. Charles M. Lamb and Jacob R. Neiheisel, Eds. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 91-120.

Campaigns and Elections American Style (Boulder, CO.: Westview Press, 5th Edition, 2019)(Eds. James A Thurber and Candice J. Nelson).

James A. Thurber and Jordan Tama, editors, Rivals for Power: Presidential-Congressional Relations, Sixth Edition (Rowman and Littlefield, 2018)

Representing Red and Blue: How the Culture Wars Change the Way Citizens Speak and Politicians Listen (Oxford University Press, 1st Edition, 2012)(David C. Barker and Christopher Jan Carman).

"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).

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