Presidency Readin Summary and Analysis

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The articles that have been reviewed for this assignment concentrate on asking two questions. Are there two presidencies and are there great differences in the foreign and domestic power that the President of the United States has Though the questions are essentially the same, the articles all approached the question differently and with different research methods.


Mr. Wildavsky in his articles proposed the theory that there were two presidencies in the United States, based on the functions of domestic affairs and foreign affairs. This became a controversial issue that has been debated since the original writing. The Two Presidencies occur because we as Americans see the responsibilities of domestic affairs much differently than that of foreign affairs and because of that we expect that the President will function differently in each capacity.
He gives many examples throughout his paper. He mentions, for example, in 1938 that Franklin Roosevelt did not manage to pass a single domestic policy and neither did several other presidents (Wildavsky, 1966). Yet, the same group of presidents were able to get many foreign policies passed. Some of the more famous of those, according to Wildavsky, (1996) were the United Nations, the Marshall Plan, and NATO. They also have seldom lost when sending resources from the United States to other countries. This happens because we believe that the President knows more about foreign affairs than we do. We however, believe that we know a lot about domestic affairs so it is more difficult for him to get things passed. In some ways, it is the same for defense. After all, the President is the Commander in Chief. ...
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