The Law & Order Presidency

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Documenting the nationalization and federalization of crime over the last half of the twentieth century, this book demonstrates the role the American President has played in shaping public opinion and policy of crime at the federal level. The author uses case studies to test hypotheses and illustrate assumptions, discusses the implications and demonstrates the new law and order role for the President of the United States. The volume addresses the history of Presidents and crime policy, how Presidents promote crime policy and the President's influence on public opinion regarding crime. For those interested in Presidential influence over public opinion and policy.

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Oliver argues that over time, especially in the latter half of the twentieth century, the American presidency has carved out a new role for the President of the United States, namely the chief executive of issues related to law and order. Presidents have assumed a larger role in criminal justice issues; the author explores the reasons why and demonstrates how presidents have become more involved. He then argues that this has had a profound impact upon public opinion of crime and, as a result, presidents have become a central influence in shaping public perception of crime in America.

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Willard M. Oliver is an assistant professor of Criminal Justice at Radford University in Virginia. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from West Virginia University. He is the author of Community-Oriented Policing: A Systemic Approach to Policing, Second Edition (Prentice Hall, 2001) and the editor of Community Policing: Classical Readings (Prentice Hall, 2000). He has published numerous scholarly articles and book reviews in such journals as American Journal of Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice Review, Criminal Justice Policy Review, Journal of Criminal Justice Education, Justice Quarterly Police Quarterly, Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies and Management, and Police Practice and Research: An International Journal. He is also a former police officer and military police officer. Finally, and most importantly, he is a husband and father of three boys and a girl.

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