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. 40, No. 3, September

Bringing Candidacies in from the Cold: Mainstreaming Minority Candidates, 1960 and 2008
Elections are about many things. They turn on long-term factors such as party identification, socioeconomic status, gender, and education. They may also turn on short-term factors such as issues, candidate personality, and events (Romer et al. 2006)....
Editor's Introduction
This issue of Presidential Studies Quarterly presents the second of a two-part symposium on the 2008 presidential election. The current papers deal with presidential communications, voter learning across the campaign, candidate characteristics and...
Explaining Presidential Greatness: The Roles of Peace and Prosperity?
The American political landscape has been graced with some great presidents. One remarkable president in American history began making a name for himself long before he took office. This future president first chose to pursue a career outside of politics....
Hope, Tropes, and Dopes: Hispanic and White Racial Animus in the 2008 Election
The Hispanic voter--and I want to say this very carefully--has not shown a lot of willingness or affinity to support black candidates. --Clinton Pollster Sergio Bendixen to Ryan Lizza, The New Yorker, January 21, 2008 The Democratic Party's nomination...
Managing Monikers: The Role of Name Presentation in the 2008 Presidential Election
Monikers matter. People consider them when choosing mates (Foss and Edson 1998; Scheuble, Klingemann, and Johnson 2000), evaluating students (Busse and Seraydarian 1977, 1978, 1979; Figlio 2004), purchasing products (Bloch and Richins 1983; Heibing...
Obama on the Stump: Features and Determinants of a Rhetorical Approach
{W}ords are important, words matter, and the implication that they don't, I think, diminishes how important it is to speak to the American people directly about making America as good as its promise. --Barack Obama, February 21, 2008 Words have...
Presidential Power and Foreign Affairs in the Bush Administration: The Use and Abuse of Alexander Hamilton
"Mine," Alexander Hamilton declared, "has been an odd destiny" (Knott 2002, 1-228; Rossiter 1964, 226). Even in death, it may be added. Hamilton's long career--the controversies that his views have inspired, and the wax and wane of his influence, stature,...
The Crystallization of Voter Preferences during the 2008 Presidential Campaign
Even as the media dwell on--and speculate about the potential impact of--the many events that unfold daily during the course of presidential election campaigns, certain fundamental variables powerfully structure the election day vote. At the individual...
The Effects of Candidate Age in the 2008 Presidential Election
When 71-year-old Senator John McCain had nearly secured enough delegates to lock up the Republican nomination, 46-year-old Senator Barack Obama, who was in a battle for the Democratic nomination against then-Senator Hillary Clinton, told a crowd in...
Using Approval of the President's Handling of the Economy to Understand Who Polarizes and Why
Partisan polarization has become an important feature of American politics. Those studying political institutions (Binder 1999, 2003; McCarty, Poole, and Rosenthal 2006) as well as public opinion and voting (Barrels 2000; Bond and Fleisher 2001; Gelman...
Yes We Can or Yes He Can? Citizen Preferences regarding Styles of Representation and Presidential Voting Behavior
In trying to explain the 2008 presidential election outcome, there is no shortage of places to look. A strong candidate with an impressive campaign organization, Barack Obama also received a number of significant breaks on his way to Pennsylvania Avenue....