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. 41, No. 2, June

Crisis Management at the Dead Center: The 1960-1961 Presidential Transition and the Bay of Pigs Fiasco
It was D-Day, April 16, 1961: the landing of Brigade 2506 was hours away, and their ships were in sight of the Cuban shore. At his weekend retreat in Virginia, President Kennedy was under pressure to call off the invasion. The day before, eight B-26...
Decision Making in the Obama White House
Centralization, Multiple Advocacy, and Honest Brokers Presidents have dealt with the challenges of obtaining useful information and advice in a variety of ways. To ensure that they receive advice from a broad perspective rather than from the necessarily...
Legislative Success and Political Failure: The Public's Reaction to Barack Obama's Early Presidency
The idea that a president's legislative and political success go hand in hand is starkly contradicted by the first two years of Barack Obama's presidency. With the help of Democratic majorities in the House and Senate, Obama pushed through a huge economic...
Polls and Elections: Divided Government and Foreign Relations Approval
Since World War II, most presidents have faced divided government during at least part of their tenure in office. Although divided government significantly limits the frequency of the president's legislative success (e.g., Fleisher, Bond, and Wood...
Prerogative Power in the Obama Administration: Continuity and Change in the War on Terrorism
From the start of his presidential campaign through his first year in office, Barack Obama took a strong stance on national security issues involving terrorism. He reoriented American military efforts from Iraq to Afghanistan, from quelling sectarian...
Presidential Character and Judgment: Obama's Afghanistan and Health Care Decisions
Character matters. Presidents cannot escape being themselves. Their character shapes their beliefs and behaviors and conditions their relationships with others. It is not the only factor that affects their thinking, speaking, deciding, and interacting,...
The Contemporary Presidency: Changing the Way Washington Works? Assessing President Obama's Battle with Lobbyists
Widespread scandal and public opinion helped to fuel Senator Barack Obama's nonstop attack on the role of lobbyists in American politics, starting as the ethics and lobbying reform leader in the U.S. Senate, continuing in his 2008 election campaign,...
The Law: The Obama Administration's Evolving Approach to the Signing Statement
The presidential signing statement became a household term during the latter half of George W. Bush's presidency. In fact, for many, President Bush's use of the interpretive device embodies the robust view of executive power that has become the legacy...
Where Does the Buck Stop? Applying Attribution Theory to Examine Public Appraisals of the President
Modern presidents have increasingly taken on a public leadership role in the political arena. Through wars, economic crises, and increased civic demands, presidents have sought more involvement and influence in overseeing public affairs (Edwards 1983),...