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. 4, December

A Time for Reckoning: Jimmy Carter and the Cult of Kinfolk
Only seven months after Jimmy Carter was inaugurated thirty-ninth president of the United States, walking down Pennsylvania Avenue in a symbolic populist gesture of brisk commoner who disdained the "high-falutin" pretensions of limousine wealth, the...
Constructing the Electorate during Presidential Campaigns
A presidential election is more than a search for votes. It is also a search for the American people. Every four years, Republicans and Democrats traverse the nation's landscape searching for that odd concoction of attitude, party, race, region, and...
Does Organization Matter? A Critical-Case Analysis from Recent Presidential Nomination Politics
The significance of presidential nomination politics in the major parties is abundant and obvious as viewed through the lens of practical politics. This is no less than the process by which the parties set the choices to be faced by the electorate...
Hard Times for Presidential Leadership? (and How Would We Know?)
Has presidential leadership become harder? The question itself raises numerous, and fundamental, boundary-defining questions. For example, how much time must elapse before we can say that a change is meaningful? The question clearly implies a change...
Presidential Campaign Quality: What the Variance Implies
Although most commonly viewed as leader selection mechanisms,(1) presidential campaigns and elections serve many other purposes as well. They are also, for example, the principal means for ensuring democratic accountability (e.g., Key 1966; Schattschneider...
Serving Competing Principals: The Budget Estimates of OMB and CBO in an Era of Divided Government
Bill Clinton: "A real spending cut, a real revenue increase, a real deficit reduction, using the independent numbers of the Congressional Budget Office." LAUGHTER "Well you can laugh, my fellow Republicans, but I'll point out that the Congressional...
Source Material: Presidential Recordings as Presidential Data: Assessing LBJ's Presidential Persuasive Attempts
If presidents lead by persuasion, then how they communicate their ideas, with whom they speak, about what, and to what effect constitute the central evidence of leaders in action. Yet, because the modern presidency remains a closed institution, our...
The Contemporary Presidency: Presidential Lies
When in doubt, tell the truth. It mill confound your enemies and astound your friends. --Mark Twain The impeachment and trial of President Clinton raised in the nation's consciousness (and conscience) the issue of lies told by presidents. Tom...
The Law: Executive Privilege: Definition and Standards of Application
A core issue in the scandal that led to the impeachment of Bill Clinton was the president's elaborate use of executive privilege. Although nowhere mentioned in the Constitution, executive privilege has a long history in presidential politics. Presidents...
The Polls: The Dynamics of Presidential Favorability, 1991-1998
During 1998 and early 1999, the months when scandal and impeachment plagued President Clinton, a disconnect was noted between his job approval and favorability ratings. Specifically, Clinton's job approval soared while his favorability ratings dropped....
Unilateral Action and Presidential Power: A Theory
What are the foundations of presidential power? Almost forty years ago, Richard Neustadt (1960) offered an answer that transformed the study of the American presidency. Neustadt observed that presidents have very little formal power, far less than...