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. 42, No. 2, June

A Country of Vast Designs: James K. Polk, the Mexican War and the Conquest of the American Continent
A Country of Vast Designs: James K. Polk, the Mexican War and the Conquest of the American Continent. By Robert W. Merry. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2009. 376 pp. This is a book for aficionados of dramatically focused popular history. Merry,...
Circumventing Adversity: Executive Orders and Divided Government
The influence of divided government on the president's executive order activity remains largely unresolved in research on the unilateral presidency. Much of the literature has analyzed the "strategic model," (1) which theorizes that presidents rely...
Do Blacks and Whites See Obama through Race-Tinted Glasses? A Comparison of Obama's and Clinton's Approval Ratings
A recent headline from the Gallup Poll hails that, "Obama Approval Sinks to New Lows Among Whites, Hispanics." (1) The latest Gallup Poll conducted in August 2011 indeed reveals that President Barack Obama's monthly approval rating is at an all-time...
Early Primaries, Viability and Changing Preferences for Presidential Candidates
The 2008 election witnessed many states pushing their presidential primary dates earlier than ever. By the end of February 2008, 38 states had already held caucuses and primaries, up from only two, Iowa and New Hampshire, that voted by March 1, 1976....
Flight from Monticello: Thomas Jefferson at War
Flight from Monticello: Thomas Jefferson at War. By Michael Kranish. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010. 388 pp. In Flight from Monticello: Thornas Jefferson at War, Michael Kranish, a Washington-based Boston Globe reporter, recounts the worst...
For Labor, Race, and Liberty: George Edwin Taylor, His Historic Run for the White House, and the Making of Independent Black Politics
For Labor, Race, and Liberty: George Edwin Taylor, His Historic Run for the White House, and the Making of Independent Black Politics. By Bruce L. Mouser. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2011. 253 pp. Understandably, the blurb on this book...
Jimmy Carter, the Politics of Family, and the Rise of the Religious Right
Jimmy Carter, The Politics of Family, and the Rise of the Religious Right. By J. Brooks Flippen. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2011. 456 pp. Jimmy Carter is interesting not least because he was the last liberal president who wielded religion...
Looking before Watergate: Foundations in the Development of the Constitutional Challenges within Signing Statements, FDR-Nixon
The people of this country did not elect me to this office to preside over its erosion. And I intend to turn over this office with all of its responsibilities and powers intact to the next man who sits in this chair. --President Lyndon B. Johnson...
Presidential Leverage and the Politics of Policy Formulation
When Terry Moe (1985) threw "The Politicized Presidency," into the alleged backwater of presidency studies, its splash was immediate. Moe argued that the gap between public expectations heaped on the office of the presidency and the inability of individual...
Presidents in the Movies: American History and Politics on Screen
Presidents in the Movies: American History and Politics on Screen. Edited by Iwan W. Morgan. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. 198 pp. In Presidents in the Movies: American History and Politics on Screen, one finds both an overview of portayals...
Signing Statements as Bargaining Outcomes: Evidence from the Administration of George W. Bush
A number of recent studies have explored how and when presidents use signing statements to shape the interpretation and implementation of statutes (e.g., Bradley and Posner 2006; Cooper 2005; Kelley 2007a; Kelley and Marshall 2008; Pfiffner 2007)....
The Framers and Executive Prerogative: A Constitutional and Historical Rebuke
Continued assertions within scholarly precincts and the corridors of power of the need to concentrate in the executive authority to meet foreign affairs and national security challenges, particularly in the decade since the 9/11 outrage, have renewed...
The Presidential Ranking Game: Critical Review and Some New Discoveries
Ever since the results of Arthur Schlesinger Sr.'s first survey of presidential experts were released in Life magazine, the presidential ranking game has been a fixture of political journalism (1948). At regular intervals, media titans and research...
The Reagan Rhetoric: History and Memory in 1980s America
The Reagan Rhetoric: History and Memory in 1980s America. By Toby Glenn Bates. DeKalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 2011. 240 pp. Presidential scholars and everyday U.S. citizens apparently cannot escape the ghost of Ronald Reagan. In The...
The United States & the Making of Modern Greece: History & Power, 1950-1974
The United States & the Making of Modern Greece: History & Power, 1950-1974. By James Edward Miller. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2009. 320 pp. If anyone is well qualified to write about the history of post-World War...
The "War on Terror" Narrative: Discourse and Intertextuality in the Construction and Contestation of Sociopolitical Reality
The "War on Terror" Narrative: Discourse and Intertextuality in the Construction and Contestation of Sociopolitical Reality. By Adam Hodges. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011. 180 pp. Just about every book written on the George W. Bush administration...
To Change or Not to Change Horses: The World War II Elections
It is not best to swap horses when crossing streams. --Abraham Lincoln (New York Times 1864) Seeing it through in Vietnam cost me 20 points in the polls. --Lyndon Johnson, 1968 (Mueller 1973, 196) "Wartime election" sounds like an oxymoron....