DPI-115: The American Presidency

Semester: Fall

Credit: 4.0

Syllabus: Click here for syllabus

Faculty: Roger Porter


Day Time Location
Term Start Date 9/1
Meet Day T/Th 11:30 AM - 12:59 PM Harvard Hall 104 (FAS)
Review F 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Taubman 275 (HKS)


This course analyzes the development and modern practice of presidential leadership in the United States by: (1) examining the evolution of the modern presidency, the process of presidential selection, and the structure of the presidency as an institution; (2) considering the ways in which presidents make decisions and seek to shape foreign, economic, and domestic policy; and (3) exploring the relationship of the presidency with other major government institutions, organized interest groups, the press, and the public. Its primary concern is with the political resources and constraints influencing the president's ability to provide leadership in the U.S. political system.

Also offered by the Government Department as Gov 1540. In addition to the regular class meetings, Kennedy School students will meet in an extra session each week.

Mandatory Review Session: Friday 3:00-4:00pm (T275)

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