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The Politics of Presidential Impeachment
The Politics of Presidential Impeachment
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Daniel P. Franklin - Author
Stanley M. Caress - Author
Robert M. Sanders - Author
Cole D. Taratoot - Author
SUNY series in American Constitutionalism
Price: $95.00 
Hardcover - 268 pages
Release Date: August 2020
ISBN13: 978-1-4384-8003-9

Price: $32.95 
Paperback - 268 pages
Release Date: January 2021
ISBN13: 978-1-4384-8004-6

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Argues that impeachment may no longer be an effective check on overreach by American presidents.

The Politics of Presidential Impeachment takes a distinctive and fresh look at the impeachment provision of the US Constitution. Instead of studying it from a legal-constitutional perspective, the authors use a social science approach incorporating extensive case studies and quantitative analysis. Focusing on four presidents who faced impeachment processes—Andrew Johnson, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and Bill Clinton—they examine the conditions under which presidential impeachment is likely to occur and argue that partisanship and the evolving relationship between Congress and the president determine its effectiveness as an institutional constraint. They find that, in our contemporary political context, the propensity of Congress to utilize the impeachment tool is more likely, but given the state of heightened partisanship, impeachment is less likely to result in removal of a president. The authors conclude that impeachment is no longer a credible threat and thus no longer an effective tool in the arsenal of checks and balances. The book also offers a postscript that discusses the impeachment of President Donald J. Trump.

“Written by political scientists utilizing a strong historical approach and introducing a useful matrix for analysis, this book stands out.” — Michael A. Genovese, coauthor of The Paradoxes of the American Presidency, Fifth Edition

Daniel P. Franklin is Associate Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Georgia State University and author of Pitiful Giants: Presidents in Their Final Terms. Stanley M. Caress (1951–2016) was Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of West Georgia and coauthor (with Todd T. Kunioka) of Term Limits and Their Consequences: The Aftermath of Legislative Reform, also published by SUNY Press. Robert M. Sanders is Professor of Political Science at the University of West Georgia. Cole D. Taratoot received his PhD in political science from Georgia State University.

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Table of Contents

1. Impeachment: Safeguard or Political Weapon?

2. Methods: Analyzing Presidential Impeachment

3. The Impeachment of Andrew Johnson

4. The Impeachment and Resignation of Richard Nixon

5. Ronald Reagan and the Iran-Contra Affair

6. The Impeachment of Bill Clinton

7. Conclusion: The Politics of Impeachment

Postscript: The Trump Impeachment


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