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. 35, No. 2, June

Foreign-Policy Advising: Models and Mysteries from the Bush Administration
There is a long tradition in the analysis of U.S. foreign policy to study how presidents assemble teams of advisers to help make decisions. Starting especially in the 1970s, a series of new works helped push our understanding of how presidents put...
"Micromanagement" of the U.S. Aid Budget and the Presidential Allocation of Attention
How presidents allocate their time and attention is a venerable part of the folklore of the presidency. Does a president like to spend time talking with people, or is he a loner? Does the president read a great deal, or not? Does he make a habit of...
Neustadt, New Institutionalism, and Presidential Decision Making: A Theory and Test
Presidency studies have often been maligned during the last three decades, not least by presidency scholars. Compared to subfields such as congressional or elections studies, critics argue, presidency research lacks conceptual parsimony and empirical...
Presidential Decision Making: Rationality, Advisory Systems, and Personality
Scholarship on Presidential Decision Making The scholarship on presidential decision making is broad in scope, deep in quality, and varied in texture. A brief overview of some of the scholarly literature is here divided into decision-making theory,...
The First Debate over the Debates: How Kennedy and Nixon Negotiated the 1960 Presidential Debates
On September 20, 2004, Mary Beth Cahill of the Kerry campaign and Ken Mehlman of the Bush campaign signed a 32-page Memorandum of Understanding that set forth the rules for the 2004 presidential debates. When the memorandum was made public, it was...
The Law: Textbooks and the President's Constitutional Powers
Each year, approximately one million college and university students across the United States enroll in an introductory course on American government and politics. For many, and perhaps most of these students, "Political Science 101" will represent...
The Neutral/honest Broker Role in Foreign-Policy Decision Making: A Reassessment
Analysis of presidential decision making, particularly in the area of foreign and national security policy, has been a well-mined area of research. Much attention has focused on a range of variables thought to have some causal impact on and explanatory...
The Polls: Religion and the 2000 Presidential Election: Public Attitudes toward Joseph Lieberman
By almost any standard, the 2000 presidential election was momentous. The Florida vote recount and the Supreme Court decision on the recount fueled controversy, increased polarization between the parties, added to public disenchantment with politicians,...
The Structure of Leadership: Presidents, Hierarchies, and Information Flow
As President George W. Bush readied himself for his second term, he made no apologies for his decision to invade Iraq in March 2003. Indeed, in December 2004 he awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to three of the individuals most integral to...
White House Structure and Decision Making: Elaborating the Standard Model
Over the past seven presidencies, a once-lively debate over the proper size and organization of the president's White House staff seemingly has been settled. Where once Democrats and Republicans hewed to distinct views, now there appears to be a consensus,...