Midterms and Mandates: Electoral Reassessment of Presidents and Parties

Patrick Andelic (Editor), Robert Mason (Editor), Mark McLay (Editor)

Research output: Book/ReportAnthologypeer-review


Analyses how midterm elections have shaped the American presidency
Provides an analysis of a fundamental yet little-studied aspect of the American political system
Combines insights from history and from political science by featuring research grounded in both disciplines
Showcases the work of emerging scholars as well as researchers of international renown who have written discipline-shaping work on the modern American presidency, including Julia Azari, Andrew Rudalevige and Iwan Morgan
Reassesses US presidents in the decades since Franklin Roosevelt by analysing the effect that midterm elections had in shaping their time in office
Offers institutional overviews as well as historical case studies that examine this feature of US electoral politics, thus engaging with issues of present-day politics as well as the past

Midterm elections have forced presidents to adjust course and have heralded the rise or fall of new party coalitions, yet they remain understudied in comparison to their presidential counterparts. This book offers a fresh perspective on the American presidency by analysing the significance of midterm elections in the United States. Midterms not only provide an important opportunity for voters to evaluate the record of a president so far, but also have consequences for an administration’s pursuit of the president’s agenda over the two years that follow. As the essays in this collection show, midterms modify in crucial ways the mandate that a president gained at the time of their election to the White House. The volume integrates contributions from political scientists and historians to create a truly multidisciplinary understanding of the interplay between midterm elections and the American presidency.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Number of pages240
ISBN (Electronic)9781474478212, 9781474478205
ISBN (Print)9781474478182
Publication statusPublished - 30 Sept 2022

Publication series

NameNew Perspectives on the American Presidency
PublisherEdinburgh University Press

Cite this