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Jules Witcover
Unaffiliated Independent Scholar (Washington, DC 20007-0000)

Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars
Research Programs

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$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2012 – 3/31/2013

Evolution of the Vice Presidency in Politics and Governance

The American vice presidency, once seen as of little significance or utility, in the last 20 years has emerged as a critical office in the shaping and implementation of domestic and foreign policy. Indeed, its last three occupants--Al Gore, Dick Cheney and Joe Biden-- have taken on the stature and influence of assistant presidents. They have performed tasks far beyond the traditional ceremonial and purely political chores of the office as they have fulfilled their Constitutional role as presidents-in-waiting, to their own benefit and that of the presidents who chose them. This study will explore and assess this evolution through the previous vice presidencies in terms of governance as well as politics. Finally it will strive to underscore the need for greater public concern in how presidential running mates are selected, how the winners serve in office, and in holding presidential nominees to account at the ballot box for making wise and responsible choices.