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. 1, March

Beyond Brinkmanship: Eisenhower, Nuclear War Fighting, and Korea, 1953-1968
The role of nuclear weapons during the presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1953 to 1961, and questions about their potential use during his administration, have generated a veritable cottage industry of scholarship. (1) Whole shelves of books have...
Building Public Support from the Grassroots Up: The Impact of Presidential Travel on State-Level Approval
On September 11, 2001, as terrorists were attacking the World Trade Center ant the Pentagon, President George W. Bush was visiting a Florida school, publicizing and promoting his educational policies. Of course, a terrorist attack of that magnitude...
Elections: Turnout in the 2004 Presidential Election
One of the major stories of the 2004 presidential election was the increase in voter turnout from 2000. There is no doubt that there was heightened interest in the 2004 campaign and that rates of voter participation increased most everywhere in the...
Going Public as a Legislative Weapon: Measuring Presidential Appeals regarding Specific Legislation
Over the past several decades, American presidents have spoken publicly at an ever-increasing rate. This trend has been demonstrated by the work of several scholars, including Hart (1987), Kernell (1997), Ragsdale (1998), and Powell (1999). There is...
Jimmy Carter: The Re-Emergence of Faith-Based Politics and the Abortion Rights Issue
Since 1985 there have been clear transdisciplinary efforts to revise understanding of the Carter presidency. The first wave of revisionist scholarship was based upon the Oral History Project carried out by the White Burkett Miller Center at the University...
Scandal, Elites, and Presidential Popularity: Considering the Importance of Cues in Public Support of the President
Notwithstanding the enormous progress that has been made in developing theories which explain public support for the president, political scholars have yet to draw clear connections between elite messages and individual opinion formation insofar as...
Source Material: Presidential Press Conferences: The Importance and Evolution of an Enduring Forum
Meetings between government officials and the reporters who cover them have become a regular feature of American political life as questioning of officials by reporters is seen as an integral feature of our system of government. When President Bush...
The Contemporary Presidency: Do Nebraska and Maine Have the Right Idea? the Political and Partisan Implications of the District System
The smoldering issue of electoral college reform has flared anew in the wake of the 2000 electoral college misfire. Despite opinion polls demonstrating that two thirds of Americans support direct election of the president, the reform receiving the...
The Institutionalization of Regulatory Review: Organizational Stability and Responsive Competence at OIRA
Modern presidents have often found centralized forms of management to be appealing. Authorities have portrayed such strategies as a response to centrifugal influences that limit presidents' efforts to control the bureaucracy through the appointment...
The Law: When Law and Politics Collide: Presidents and the Use of the Twenty-Fifth Amendment
What does history tell us about how the Twenty-Fifth Amendment has worked when presidents have been temporarily incapacitated? The results are spotty, mixed, and, to a large degree, unknown, because the decision whether to invoke the amendment proceeds...