Presidential Term Limits in American History
Power, Principles, and Politics
Presidential Studies
6 x 9, 192 pp.
2 tables. Index.
Pub Date: 03/30/2011
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2012 Richard E. Neustadt Book Award, presented by the American Political Science Association

Presidential Term Limits in American History

Power, Principles, and Politics

Michael J. Korzi

An innovative historical study of the longstanding debate over executive term limits in American politics . . .
 
By successfully seeking a third term in 1940, Franklin D. Roosevelt shattered a tradition that was as old as the American republic. The longstanding yet controversial two-term tradition reflected serious tensions in American political values.
 
 
In Presidential Term Limits in American History, Michael J. Korzi recounts the history of the two-term tradition as well as the “perfect storm” that enabled Roosevelt to break with that tradition. He also shows that Roosevelt and his close supporters made critical errors of judgment in 1943-44, particularly in seeking a fourth term against long odds that the ill president would survive it. Korzi’s analysis offers a strong challenge to Roosevelt biographers who have generally whitewashed this aspect of his presidency and decision making. The case of Roosevelt points to both the drawbacks and the benefits of presidential term limits. Furthermore, Korzi’s extended consideration of the seldom-studied Twenty-second Amendment and its passage reveals not only vindictive and political motivations (it was unanimously supported by Republicans), but also a sincere distrust of executive power that dates back to America’s colonial and constitutional periods.
 
" . . . a competent book that will make an important contribution to presidential studies. It will quickly become the cited authority on the topic of presidential tenure."-David A. Crockett, author, Running against the Grain: How Opposition Presidents Win the White House and The Opposition Presidency: Leadership and the Constraints of History

 MICHAEL J. KORZI’s articles have appeared in Presidential Studies Quarterly, Polity, and Congress and the Presidency. He is a professor of political science at Towson University in Towson, Maryland.

What Readers Are Saying:

". . . a competent book that will make an important contribution to presidential studies. It will quickly become the cited authority on the topic of presidential tenure."--David A. Crockett, author, Running Against the Grain: How Opposition Presidents Win the White House and The Opposition Presidency: Leadership and the Constraints of History


"This book admirably addresses the problem of presidential tenure from its historical roots to the present day. It is well-written and comprehensive in coverage, providing a wide scope of context to understand a fundamental problem in republican government."--Colleen Shogan, author, The Moral Rhetoric of American Presidents


“In a well-researched and exhaustive study of presidential term limits, Michael J. Korzi sheds new light on an area of the presidency that has all too often been overlooked. Presidential Term Limits not only provides an easily accessible history of presidential tenure debate in American history, but also offers rich analysis of the subject matter. Korzi does a wonderful job providing the origins, history, and assessment of the 22nd amendment. In sum, Korzi has written a valuable and thoughtful book on a key aspect of the presidency. His work is easily adaptable to a variety of courses and will become the standard source on presidential term limits for years to come.”—Congress & the Presidency

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