The Evolving American Presidency

Watergate Remembered

The Legacy for American Politics

Editors: Genovese, M., Morgan, Iwan W. (Eds.)

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About this book

As the fortieth anniversary of the Nixon resignation approaches, it is time to take a fresh look at Watergate's impact on the American political system and to consider its significance for the historical reputation of the president indelibly associated with it.

About the authors

Iwan W. Morgan is a Professor of US Studies and Head of US Programmes at the Institute of the Americas, University College London, UK.

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'This collection of excellent analyses reminds us that Watergate was much more than an illegal break-in; the 'White House horrors' included financial corruption, illegal wiretaps, suborning perjury, abuse of power, obstruction of justice, and undermining the electoral process. For those who remember Watergate, the collection provides a stark reminder of the turbulent times that led to the resignation of Richard Nixon. For those who are too young to remember Watergate, it provides an in-depth case study of the tragedy that Richard Nixon inflicted upon himself and the country. The essays in this book are not merely of historical interest; they trace the ripples of Watergate through the past 40 years and reveal the broader ramifications of this defining episode in twentieth century American history. Anyone interested in American politics will learn much from this book.' - James P. Pfiffner, George Mason University

'In this book, leading American and British scholars demonstrate Watergate's lasting impact upon American politics and national institutions. The scandal reshaped the separation of powers, campaign finance law, presidential war powers, and the president's relationship with the public. Its effects reached far into American culture and media. The book's thoughtful contributors illuminate the scandal as one of the signal events in American political history. It is essential reading for students of American politics, history, and the American presidency.' - Steve Schier, Congdon Professor of Political Science, Carleton College

"Brimming with insights relevant to today's politics, Genovese and Morgan deliver an engaging volume on Watergate and its institutional legacy. With noted scholars from both sides of the Atlantic contributing to the intellectual exchange, the lessons from this American presidential crisis echo loudly and rather ominously across the book's pages. More than once, readers are asked to consider downside of the political system's separation of powers. Despite its focus on a series of events which happened over forty years ago, this thoughtfully edited volume more deeply explores the timeless and salient questions about governmental power.' - Lara M. Brown, Villanova University


Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)
  • Introduction: Remembering Watergate

    Pages 1-27

    Genovese, Michael A. (et al.)

  • Revisiting Arthur Schlesinger’s The Imperial Presidency: Richard Nixon, George W. Bush, and Executive Power

    Pages 29-51

    Herbert, Jon

  • Watergate and the Decline of the Separation of Powers

    Pages 53-67

    Kassop, Nancy

  • Watergate and Scandal Politics: The Rise and Fall of the Special Prosecutor

    Pages 69-86

    Harrington, Clodagh

  • Vietnam, Watergate, and the War Power: Presidential Aggrandizement and Congressional Abdication

    Pages 87-105

    Adler, David Gray (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Watergate Remembered
Book Subtitle
The Legacy for American Politics
Editors
  • M. Genovese
  • Iwan W. Morgan
Series Title
The Evolving American Presidency
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Michael A. Genovese and Iwan W. Morgan
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-01198-5
DOI
10.1057/9781137011985
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-11649-8
Softcover ISBN
978-0-230-11650-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 206
Number of Illustrations
4 b/w illustrations
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