Presidential Studies Quarterly

Presidential Studies Quarterly is a quarterly newsletter on the subject of citizenship. Presidential Studies Quarterly is written by the Center for the Study of the Presidency and published by Sage Publications, Inc., in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Articles from Vol. 30, No. 1, March

Building Coalitions
Building coalitions is at the core of governing in America. The necessity of forming coalitions is inevitable in a large, diverse nation in which political power is fragmented both vertically and horizontally. Because the president in most instances...
Domestic Policy Making
Presidents have been making domestic policy since George Washington appointed the nation's first postmaster general. But as the institutional presidency has grown with the passage of time and crisis, presidents have become increasingly active as agenda...
Measuring Congressional Support for the President: Evaluating NOMINATE Scores
Scholars of both the presidency and the Congress require an accurate measure of legislators' underlying preferences. Whether one is interested in explaining policy outcomes, the politics of congressional committees or parties, or bargaining between...
Reinventing Leeway: The President and Agenda Certification
Presidents certify agendas in the separated system. They are unusually well placed to perform that function. They do it best when acknowledging and promoting leeway, a condition facilitating competitive speculation by fostering the initiation, advancement,...
Reinventing What for Whom? President and Congress in the Making of Foreign Policy
What are the pressing problems of the presidency in foreign policy decision making, and what, if anything, can and should be done about them? There are several empirical and normative dilemmas associated with this question. First, how much do we actually...
Strengthening Presidential Decision-Making Capacity
"Governance is a scarce commodity" (Peters 1996, 1). An accurate assessment of democratic governments around the world, Peters's observation evidently applies as well to the U.S. presidency. In particular, I will contend that presidential capacity...
The Law: The Clinton Theory of the War Power
President Bill Clinton frequently has engaged in unilateral acts of executive war making in defiance of the war clause of the Constitution, which vests in Congress the sole and exclusive authority to initiate hostilities on behalf of the American people....
The Polls: The Components of Presidential Favorability
Public opinion toward the presidency and its incumbent is complex and multifaceted. A rich understanding of public views of the president would include knowledge about public expectations, public reactions to presidents and their actions, evaluations...
The Presidency, the Bureaucracy, and Reinvention: A Gentle Plea for Chaos(1)
Presidential involvement with administration and the bureaucracy has many faces. At times, presidents have been severely chastised for excessive involvement with the details of administration (Arnold 1999, 234). As Ronald Moe (1999) suggests, most...
The Qualities of Effective Presidents: An Overview from FDR to Bill Clinton
In some political systems, it does not much matter who serves as the nation's top political leader. In Great Britain, with its tradition of collective leadership, for example, the rare Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher, or Tony Blair is far outnumbered...