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. 4, December

Assessing Changes in State Representation on the U.S. Courts of Appeals
Amid continuing political controversy and renewed scholarly interest, presidential appointments to the lower federal courts, particularly the courts of appeals, play an important role in defining a president's legacy. Like Supreme Court appointments,...
Cable and the Partisan Polarization of the President's Audience
In January 1998 President Bill Clinton found his presidency embroiled in scandal over allegations that he had an affair with intern Monica Lewinsky. The administration immediately went into damage control, culminating in a hastily arranged television...
Eisenhower's Paradoxical Relationship with the "Military-Industrial Complex"
Dwight D. Eisenhower's parting advice to the American people about the dangers of "misplaced power" being exerted by the "military-industrial complex" became an indelible part of the national vocabulary. Eisenhower spoke in response to what he viewed...
In Defense of Not Having a Data Set: A Call for Argument
Kevin Coe and Rico Neumann are correct: there is no clear agreement on exactly which texts should be considered major presidential addresses of the modern era. Rather than viewing this state of affairs as creating a need for a standardized data set...
Prerogative Power and Executive Branch Czars: President Obama's Signing Statement
On April 15, 2011, President Barack Obama issued a controversial signing statement that effectively nullified a provision of a bill he had signed into law. Specifically, the president "abrogated" section 2262 of the budget compromise law, which prohibited...
Revisiting Midterm Visits: Why the Type of Visit Matters
Presidential travel is designed to close the gap between the institution and the public (Ellis 2008). Elections present a formal occasion for presidents to travel (King and Ragsdale 1998; Kernell 2007), and several studies have analyzed why presidents...
Should Scholars Delineate a Data Set Apart from a Research Project? Considering Objects, Methods, and Purposes for Studying Presidential Rhetoric
At first glance, the phrase "presidential rhetoric" may appear as a readily understood and transparent phrase that identifies a clearly bounded and delineated body of discourse and an attendant area of scholarship. Presumably, "presidential rhetoric"...
The Contemporary Presidency: The Presidential Authority Problem and the Political Power Trap
A confounding problem for presidents in recent decades has been one of maintaining support for their governing initiatives due to changeable public opinion and institutional resistance in Washington. Inconstant political support is a central problem...
The Geo-Social Presidency: Lest We Forget
As one who has done a considerable amount of research over the years with large data sets, I am delighted with Coe and Neumann's (2011) theoretical ambitions. The epistemological problem they address--that researchers have been grabbing at different...
The Heir Apparent Presidency of James Madison
Second in Line in Political Time A president who assumes office as the ideological heir apparent to a predecessor who fundamentally changed the terms and conditions of American politics and government is expected to govern along a tightly established...
The Major Addresses of Modern Presidents: Parameters of a Data Set
The president is the American people's one authentic trumpet, and he has no higher duty than to give a clear and certain sound. --Clinton Rossiter, The American Presidency (1960) If scholars of political communication were asked to identify the...
The Problem with Presidential Databases
There are many ways in which to study presidential communication from both humanistic and social scientific perspectives. From the early study of presidential rhetoric (Aune and Medhurst 2008), to debates over the rhetorical presidency (Ceaser et al....