The Obama Presidency: Politics, Policies, and Performance

INTRODUCTION

Fourteen Northeastern students in a course called Political Science Senior Capstone spent the fall semester 2014 exploring various aspects of the presidency of Barack Obama. The works of scholars in the discipline’s subfields of American government and politics, presidency studies, public policy, public law, campaigns and elections, media and public opinion, international relations, and foreign policy were examined with the aim of discerning how political scientists today...

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