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. 2, June

A Voice from the Wilderness: Richard Nixon and the Vietnam War, 1964-1966
Upon ascending to the presidency in January 1969, Richard Nixon commented that he had inherited a war not of his making from his predecessor, Lyndon B. Johnson.(1) Admittedly, the United States faced an increasingly difficult situation in Vietnam at...
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Interest Groups and Foreign Policy: Clinton and the China MFN Debates
Beginning in the early 1970s and continuing into the post-cold war era, the U.S. foreign policy-making system has been transformed from the relatively closed and presidentially dominated system of the early cold war into a more open, contentious, and...
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John F. Kennedy and the Limited Test Ban Treaty: A Case Study of Presidential Leadership
John F. Kennedy's foreign policy leadership style has evoked contradictory historical evaluations. The early assessments written by administration officials like Arthur Schlesinger Jr., Theodore Sorensen, and Roger Hilsman depicted Kennedy as a consummate...
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Liberalism versus Nationalism: The Prodevelopment Ideology in Recent Brazilian Political History (1930-1997)
Nationalism and the Vargas Years With the country facing a major economic and political crisis, Brazil's presidential elections of 1930 were held as usual. Not surprisingly, the government's candidate, Julio Prestes, emerged as the winner. Calling...
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Marcia Lynn Whicker, 1950-1999
Marcia Lynn Whicker played a central role in the transitions taking place in Presidential Studies Quarterly. As a member of the editorial board, she aided in the smooth transition to a new publisher and editor. As book review editor, she worked into...
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"Overruled and Worn Down": Truman Sends an Ambassador to Spain
Harry S. Truman answered the reporter's question in the "plain-speaking" manner Americans had come to expect from him. It would "be a long, long time before there is an ambassador in Spain," the president declared. The date was November 2, 1950. Seven...
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Richard Nixon, State, and Party: Democracy and Bureaucracy in the Postwar Era
We just don't have any discipline in government. That's our trouble.... We got to get it in the departments. President Richard M. Nixon to George Schultz(1) As Richard Milhous Nixon perceived it, the bureaucracy's lack of responsiveness to the...
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"Sheep without a Shepherd": The New Deal Faction in the Virginia Democratic Party
Virginia State Senator Lloyd Robinette was near despair. In July 1941, he wrote to one of his closest allies in the fight against Harry F. Byrd's conservative Democratic political machine: I feel that at this time we are at the lowest ebb that...
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Soon or Later On: Franklin D. Roosevelt and National Health Insurance, 1933-1945
Whether we come to this form of insurance soon or later on, I am confident that we can devise a system which will enhance and not hinder the remarkable progress which has been made and is being made in practice of the professions of medicine and surgery...
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The Literary Presidency
The American Constitution is quite succinct as to the qualifications and responsibilities of the president of the United States. Under Article II, Section 1, "the executive power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America," who...
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The Making of Theodore H. White's "The Making of the President 1960."
The publication in July 1961 of The Making of the President 1960, Theodore White's path-breaking account of the 1960 presidential election, instantly conferred on the forty-six-year-old reporter the mantle of premier journalistic interpreter of American...
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The Road Not Taken: Harry Hopkins and New Deal Work Relief
One hot summer day in 1935, federal relief administrator Harry Hopkins presented his plan for alleviating the effects of the Great Depression to a group of shirt-sleeved Iowa farmers, not noted for their liberal ideals. As Hopkins began to describe...
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The Seat of Popular Leadership: Parties, Elections, and the Nineteenth-Century Presidency
In this article, I examine the relationship between the public and the president in the nineteenth century. While the relationship is generally thought to be a rather minimal one, I will suggest that there is an alternative way to conceptualize and...
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The Symbolic Power of Ireland's President Robinson
The election of the seventh president of Ireland, held on October 7, 1990, witnessed the triumph of Mary Robinson as the first woman president and the first successful non-Fianna Fail(1) candidate since 1945. The Irish Constitution states that the...
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Toward a Representational Framework for Presidency Studies
In recent years, there have been numerous scholars who have taken the values and needs of democracy under consideration. Indeed, in political theory circles, the problems of democracy and self-governance stand today as central concerns. Some have written...
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War Powers, Constitutional Balance, and the Imperial Presidency Idea at Century's End
Twenty-five years ago, students of the American presidency were confronted with the idea that the chief executive had overstepped the reasonable limits of power and was in danger of becoming imperial. Historian and presidential biographer Arthur M....
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