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. 43, No. 2, June

Assessing the Rhetorical Side of Presidential Signing Statements
The Framers put in place a system of government forged from a careful mix of independent branches sharing power (Corwin et al. 1984). Yet, there is no such imperative for carefully separating responsibility or credit when it comes to political rhetoric....
"Generalissimo of the Nation": War Making and the Presidency in the Early Republic
One of the central issues in the debates leading up to the Constitution's ratification was the proper role of the executive. Of particular concern to many were new powers given to a president to command the military and call the state militias into...
How the 2012 Presidential Election Has Strengthened the Movement for the National Popular Vote Plan
The Electoral College has been the subject of more proposed amendments than any other provision of the U.S. Constitution (National Archives and Records Administration 2012). For decades, a majority of Americans has backed moving to a national popular...
No Relief in Sight: Barring Bivens Claims in Torture Cases
Imagine this scenario: You are an American citizen. Based on a belief that you are a threat, you are ordered captured and detained by U.S. authorities. While being held pursuant to policy memoranda and orders issued by high-ranking officials in Washington,...
Rivals for Influence on Counterterrorism Policy: White House Political Staff versus Executive Branch Legal Advisors
Rule of law, baby! --Comment by defense lawyers (in conga line?) at Guantanamo Bay naval base on January 20, 2009, on hearing that the new administration was suspending all military commissions on the base. (Finn and Kornblut 2011) The notion...
The American Presidency and the Power of the Purchaser
Federal procurement is a powerful weapon by which American presidents attempt to expand their power and shape public policy in areas in which Congress has not acted or will not act. In the same way that presidents exercise political control over the...
The President, the Fed, and the Financial Crisis
"Gold bugs" have scorned the Federal Reserve (Fed) virtually since its founding in 1913, fearful than any currency unhinged from gold will undermine sound money and eventually weaken the values that keep society together. Although the banking establishment...
Two Paradigms of Presidential Nominations
The time frame at which presidential nominations can be forecast accurately provides us with a clue about when a winning nominating coalition coalesces in a political party, which in turn provides insights about political power in the nomination process....
Unilateral Presidential Policy Making and the Impact of Crises
The Civil War was a tumultuous time in U.S. history. Not only was the young nation in the grips of a bloody war, but it was in a battle with its own brethren. Though hundreds of thousands of individuals lost their lives, thousands gained their freedom....