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. 33, No. 3, September

Deference and Defiance: The Shifting Rhythms of Executive-Legislative Relations in Foreign Policy
The presidencies of Bill Clinton and George W. Bush contrast in many ways, perhaps no more so than in their divergent experiences in dealing with Congress on foreign policy. Clinton confronted a Congress that frequently sought to defy his initiatives...
Introduction
This special issue analyzes the impact of 9/11 on presidential power and constitutional government. To what extent does a "permanent war" against terrorism fundamentally alter executive power and the traditional system of checks and balances? Will...
Military Tribunals: A Sorry History
On November 13, 2001, President George W. Bush authorized a military tribunal to try whoever provided assistance for the terrorist attacks of September 11 against New York City and Washington, DC. Vice President Dick Cheney supported Bush's initiative...
National Security versus Civil Liberties
Soon after the George W. Bush administration began crafting its response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, voices could be heard questioning the impact of its antiterrorism measures on civil liberty. The Patriot Act would give the FBI...
Organizing for Homeland Security
During the latter half of 2002, a contest was underway over the organization of the federal government for homeland security. It had begun in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, when homeland security came into popular parlance....
Presidential Authority to Detain "Enemy Combatants"
President Bush claims the power, as Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, to determine that any person, including an American citizen, who is suspected of being a member, agent, or associate of Al Qaeda, the Taliban, or possibly any other terrorist...
Presidential Greatness as an Attribute of Warmaking
There lies behind the title of this essay a working assumption among students of the presidency of a direct correlation between presidential tenure during war and presidential greatness. President John F. Kennedy, according to Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.,...
Source Material: The White House and the Press: News Organizations as a Presidential Resource and as a Source of Pressure
News organizations represent a source of pressure on a president and also serve as an important resource as he seeks to govern. In the 1990s and now in the new century, a president can expect to answer the queries of reporters two or three times a...
The Contemporary Presidency: Rating the Presidents: A Tracking Study
In our article, "Rating the Presidents: A Tracking Study," published in the 1997 summer issue of Presidential Studies Quarterly, we reported the results and analysis of the Siena Research Institute's first three presidential tracking studies and promised...
The Law: Walker V. Cheney: Legal Insulation of the Vice President from GAO Investigations
The tenure of the Bush administration has thus far been characterized by an orchestrated policy of restricting congressional and public access to information from executive agencies and the White House. There are several prominent examples of this...
The Polls: Searching for Determinism: A Comparative Assessment of First Term Approval Volatility, Buoyancy, and Polarization
The search for a recurring trend in presidents' approvals has received much attention by presidency scholars--and for good reason. The identification of a deterministic seasonal pattern in approval has implications for the debate between the presidency-...
The War Power and Its Limits
On March 20, 2003, the day after President George W. Bush initiated the war against Iraq, the following exchange occurred between a reporter and White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer: "QUESTIONER: Could you amplify a little bit on how the president...