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. 4, December

Accidental Presidents: Death, Assassination, Resignation, and Democratic Succession
One of the commonly stated virtues of modern constitutional democracies is their capacity to ensure reliable and accepted methods of political succession through election (Calvert 1987). This essay focuses on one particular, though not uncommon, complication...
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Do Early Birds Get the Worm? Improving Timeliness of Presidential Nomination Forecasts
One of the challenges that researchers forecasting presidential nominations must overcome is the ability to make their predictions in a more timely manner. Two models successfully forecast wins for Al Gore and George Bush as the respective Democratic...
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Elections: Effects of the Stand by Your Ad Provision on Attitudes about Candidates and Campaigns
In a typical candidate-sponsored presidential campaign advertisement during 2004, President George W. Bush finished the ad by looking into the camera to pronounce, "I'm George W. Bush, and I approve this message." In other ads, a Bush voiceover was...
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Grover Cleveland, William McKinley, and the Emergence of the President as Party Leader
During the late nineteenth century, partisan presidential power took on a new form; in becoming party leaders, presidents began to act like twentieth-century presidents. Discrediting barriers to presidential ambition erected by the Jacksonian party...
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History, Collective Memory, and the Appropriation of Martin Luther King, Jr.: Reagan's Rhetorical Legacy
All human beings draw upon their understanding of the past in order to make decisions about the future, and political leaders are no different. Not only do political leaders use their conceptions of history to guide their policy making, but they also...
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Presidential Signaling in a Market Economy
The state of the economy is of vast importance to American politics. Election outcomes, policy adoption, and implementation are inextricably tied to it. Economic prosperity is also crucial to a president's political success. The public expects the...
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The Contemporary Presidency: Polarization and White House/legislative Relations: Causes and Consequences of Elite-Level Conflict
Partisan polarization is like the cell phone of American politics--ubiquitous, occasionally annoying, and often the cause of public policy pileups when distracted lawmakers swerve into oncoming legislative traffic. Like the omnipresent technological...
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The Law: The Executive Branch and Propaganda: The Limits of Legal Restrictions
The Executive Branch and Propaganda During the administration of President George W. Bush, a number of executive agencies have expended public funds to promote the president and his policies. In some cases, the efforts would appear to be merely...
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White House Publicity Operations during the Korean War, June 1950-June 1951
The large literature on the growth of the public relations presidency emphasizes a variety of causes, including the changing conception of the role of the presidency in the political structure, the increased opportunities for "going public" created...
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