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. 29, No. 1, March

Affirmative Action and the Presidential Role in Modern Civil Rights Reform: A Sampler of Books of the 1990s
Equal Employment Opportunity/Disparate Impact Primary sources of employment affirmative action are authoritatively documented in Hugh Davis Graham's magisterial The Civil Rights Era (New York: Oxford University Press, 1990). One major foundation...
Can the Twenty-Fifth Amendment Deal with a Disabled President? Preventing Future White House Cover-Ups
Presidential infirmity, accompanied by a failure to fully inform the public, has been stamped indelibly on our history during the past two hundred years. Fourteen of the eighteen American presidents in the twentieth century had significant illnesses...
Comparing News and Editorial Coverage of the 1996 Presidential Nominating Campaign
Most studies on media coverage of presidential campaigns build on Thomas Patterson's argument that the "game" schema guides the selection and interpretation of campaign events.(1) Journalists view candidates as players in a game who are principally...
Inside Lincoln's Clemency Decision Making
The exercise of the clemency power has been a major source of controversy in few presidential administrations. On occasion, however, exercise of the president's constitutional power to "grant pardons and reprieves for offenses against the United States"(1)...
Looking Back at Chief Executives: Retrospective Presidential Approval
Americans hold their chief executive in high esteem. Schoolchildren view the president as a benevolent and capable leader, a person who symbolizes the good in the American system of government.(1) Feelings of awe for the president wane with the passing...
Media Feeding Frenzies: Press Behavior during Two Clinton Scandals
We have witnessed in recent years numerous political scandals at the highest level of American government. Given the power of media, press behavior during these scandals is an increasingly relevant topic for examination. Most recently, President Bill...
Origin of the 1948 Turnip Day Session of Congress
In August 1996, as President Bill Clinton's train, the Twenty-First Century Express, made campaign stops en route to the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, I thought back to another Democratic president, Harry S. Truman. In 1948, Truman's whistle-stop...
Political Parties, Candidates, and Presidential Campaigns: 1952-1996
The extensive literature on the decline of political parties has described the significant changes in party organizations and their relevance to the nomination of presidential candidates. What this literature has so far neglected is the explicit link...
Seeing the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidency through the March 31, 1968, Withdrawal Speech
Speaking from the Oval Office in a nationally televised address on March 31, 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson stunned the nation with his announcement that he no longer was a candidate for the Democratic nomination for president. Because the speech...
The Making of the Ex-Presidents, 1797-1993: Six Recurrent Models
Historians have long indulged in the exercise of categorizing U.S. presidents into groupings such as "great," "near great," "average," and "failures." Given the expanded profiles now enjoyed by retired chief executives, it is perhaps time to subject...
The Presidency as a Learning Organization
The purpose of this article is to explain the process of large-scale policy development in a presidential administration by using an analytical tool presidency scholars have tended to neglect--organizational learning, a branch of organization theory.(1)...
The Presidency, Social Movements, and Contentious Change: Lessons from the Woman's Suffrage and Labor Movements
No less than other specialized research fields in political science and history, presidency scholarship can exemplify many conceits regarding the causal power and transformative effects that its primary subject, the executive office, bestows on American...