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. 30, No. 3, September

As Far as Republican Principles Will Admit: Presidential Prerogative and Constitutional Government
In The Education (1918), Henry Adams, perhaps our most astute observer of American history, confessed that had his life hung in the balance regarding his first judgment of President Lincoln, he would have lost it. Happily for Adams, historical judgments...
Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center Visiting Scholars Program
The Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center at the University of Oklahoma seeks applicants for its Visiting Scholars Program, which provides financial assistance to researchers working at the Center's archives. Awards of $500-$1,000 are...
Conditional Partisanship and Institutional Responsibility in Presidential Decision Making
The study of presidential decision making strikes an uneasy balance between the parsimony of a particular presidential decision and the complexity of the organizational dynamics and political environment that shape that decision. Given this fundamental...
Confronting the Kennedy Tapes: The May-Zelikow Transcripts and the Stern Assessments
Recently, scholars and publishers have begun to take advantage of the recording technology that presidents have relied on since the days of Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR). While transforming these recordings into data requires a massive commitment...
Presidents, Chiefs of Staff, and White House Organizational Behavior: Survey Evidence from the Reagan and Bush Administrations
There has been an extensive body of research that investigates the organizational aspects of the American presidency (Buchanan 1990; Burke 1992, 25; George 1980; Hart 1995; Henderson 1988; Hess 1988; Johnson 1974; Porter [1980] 1988; Thompson 1992;...
Sex, Lies, and Presidential Leadership: Interpretations of the Office
Presidential leadership is, by definition, ambiguous. From the founding to the present, presidential leadership has been defined, expanded, and limited through practice rather than theory. The presidency as an institution means whatever the president,...
Source Material: The 1997 Published Transcripts of the JFK Cuban Missile Crisis Tapes: Too Good to Be True?
In the fall of 1997, I learned that Harvard University Press was about to publish The Kennedy Tapes: Inside the White House during the Cuban Missile Crisis, complete transcripts of the tape-recorded missile crisis conversations between President Kennedy...
Text and Context in the 1952 Presidential Campaign: Eisenhower's "I Shall Go to Korea" Speech
It is not often the case that a single speech is credited with exerting a decisive effect on a presidential election. But Dwight Eisenhower's address of October 24, 1952 is one such speech. Both the Republican strategists who crafted and approved the...
The Contemporary Presidency: Managing White House-Congressional Relations: Observations from Inside the Process
The complex dance between the president and Congress is perhaps one of the most misunderstood relationships in American government. Translating citizen preference into law and policy is at the very core of American representative democracy. The interaction...
The Knowles Affair: Nixon's Self-Inflicted Wound
"Washington has not seen a worse mishmash of its kind in years," Robert J. Donovan of the Los Angeles Times wrote in 1969 (Donovan 1969). Donovan was referring to a five-month-long controversy over the appointment of Dr. John H. Knowles to the top...
The Law: Litigating the War Power with Campbell V. Clinton
Several recent scholars have suggested that federal courts have rarely decided cases involving the war power and that when they do, they invariably support the president. In a study on judicial review and the war power, Christopher May (1989) offered...
The Polls: Public Favorability toward the First Lady, 1993-1999
The institutional presidency has expanded to engulf the offices of the vice president and the First Lady under its field of influence. One motivation for such institutional expansion of the presidency is that these, and similar offices, provide the...