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The Heir Apparent Presidency of James Madison

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  • DONALD A. ZINMAN

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    1. Grand Valley State University
      Donald A. Zinman is an assistant professor of political science at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan. His research interests include the presidency, political parties, elections, and American political development.
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Donald A. Zinman is an assistant professor of political science at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan. His research interests include the presidency, political parties, elections, and American political development.

Abstract

The heir apparent presidency helps us to better understand how political time moves. Skowronek stresses the place of regime builders, midlife regime presidents and late regime affiliates. Heir apparent presidents immediately succeeded presidents of their respective parties who had built the foundations for a new political regime. As a successor to Thomas Jefferson, James Madison served as the heir apparent to the Jeffersonian political order. Madison's presidency exemplifies the leadership dilemma of the heir apparent president.

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