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. 4, December

A Tale of Two Wars: Public Opinion on the U.S. Military Interventions in Afghanistan and Iraq
In the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on Washington, D.C., and New York City, President George W. Bush launched wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. American troops were still fighting in both countries when Bush's presidency ended...
Candidate Strategies in the Presidential Nomination Campaign
Political scientists have learned much in the past decade about presidential campaigns and their strategic use of political advertising--especially the decision to go negative. This research, however, generally has not extended to the nomination season,...
Does Context Matter? Advisory Systems and the Management of the Foreign Policy Decision-Making Process
A critical component in the creation of foreign policy is the leader's choice of management style. Management style influences how the leader engages the policymaking process, who participates in the process, how information is processed, and how disagreements...
Polls and Elections: Support for Nationalizing Presidential Elections
Despite very different historical and constitutional bases for how we nominate presidential candidates and elect presidents to office, as well as very different political processes (sequential versus simultaneous voting), both the presidential nominating...
Retrospective Voting in Presidential Primaries
How do voters make reasonably intelligent voting decisions, given that most of them are not terribly interested in politics, follow it only intermittently, and therefore do not have a great deal of information about the candidates and their issue positions?...
Statements of Power: Presidential Use of Statements of Administration Policy and Signing Statements in the Legislative Process
In 1997, Republican congressional leadership thought they had President Bill Clinton trapped into accepting something he did not want in order to get something he did. The foreign relations authorization bill for fiscal year 1998 provided the vehicle....
The Contemporary Presidency: Gender Desegregation and Gender Integration in the President's Cabinet, 1933-2010
To study women and men in the U.S. cabinet is to study the intersection of descriptive and substantive representation. Consider, for example, the significance of gender to the political credibility of two well-known cabinet secretaries, Frances Perkins...
The Importance of Policy Scope to Presidential Success in Congress
The relationship between the president and Congress is a central topic in the scientific study of politics. The literature is clear that a handful of variables strongly influence the likelihood of presidential success on legislation. Of these variables,...
The Law: Who Was John Yoo's Client? the Torture Memos and Professional Misconduct
From 2001 to 2003, law professor John Yoo served as deputy assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) in the Justice Department of President George W. Bush. In that brief time, he wrote or helped write key memos pertaining to the...
The Policy-Driven Leadership of James K. Polk: Making the Most of a Weak Presidency
"I intend to be, myself, president of the United States." --James K. Polk, letter to a confidant, December 21, 1844 "Just before the inauguration of Mr. Polk, he sat in his room with one of those whom he had selected for one of the departments...