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. 3, September

A Wicked War: Polk, Clay, Lincoln, and the 1846 U.S. Invasion of Mexico
A Wicked War: Polk, Clay, Lincoln, and the 1846 U.S. Invasion of Mexico. By Amy S. Greenberg. New York: Knopf, 2012. 368 pp. It has long been conventional wisdom among historians of the nineteenth century that James K. Polk is the most important...
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Congressional Power over Executive Branch Policy Making: Limitations on Bureaucratic Regulations, 1989-2009
The technical complexity of many problems facing government necessitates delegation of authority to the bureaucracy (Bawn 1995; Epstein and O'Halloran 1999; Huber and Shipan 2002). Delegation entails providing bureaucrats with legal authority to determine...
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Destiny's Consul: America's Ten Greatest Presidents
Destiny's Consul: America's Ten Greatest Presidents. By Michael P. Riccards. New York: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 2012. 383 pp. In 1960, political scientist Richard Neustadt started his influential book, Presidential Power (New York: John...
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Does White House Regulatory Review Produce a Chilling Effect and "OIRA Avoidance" in the Agencies?
With the expansion of the federal government in the twentieth century, presidents became increasingly involved in managing the administrative state and its myriad regulatory agencies. Acting as "manager in chief," presidents devised two methods for...
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Gender and the American Presidency
Gender and the American Presidency. By Theodore F. Sheckels, Nichola D. Gutgold, and Diana B. Carlin. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2012. 192 pages. Senator Hillary Clinton's competitive campaign for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination, Governor...
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Madison's Metronome: The Constitution, Majority Rule, and the Tempo of American Politics
Madison's Metronome: The Constitution, Majority Rule, and the Tempo of American Politics. By Greg Weiner. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 2012. 194 pp. In this slim volume, Greg Weiner focuses our attention upon an underlying and abiding...
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New Perspectives on the Public Presidency: The Impact of Elections and Presidential Travel
The Rise of the President's Permanent Campaign. By Brendan J. Doherty. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 2012. 203 pp. The Presidential Road Show: Public Leadership in an Era of Party Polarization and Media Fragmentation. By Diane J. Heith....
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Pat Nixon: Embattled First Lady
Pat Nixon: Embattled First Lady. By Mary C. Brennan. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 2011. 229 pp. Pat Nixon is little remembered today. Lacking Jackie Kennedy's glamour or Betty Ford's outspokenness, Pat Nixon made few waves during her...
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Polls and Elections: Partisanship and Voting Behavior: An Update
During U.S. presidential and congressional elections, a great deal of attention is often paid to political partisanship (see Avalon 2012; Sides 2008). How did political independents vote? Did partisans vote how they were "supposed to"? Did partisanship...
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Power and Constraint: The Accountable Presidency after 9/11
Power and Constraint: The Accountable Presidency after 9/11. By Jack L. Goldsmith. New York: W. W. Norton and Company, 2012. 336 pp. Books on the presidency often breathlessly bemoan a cult of presidential power, lament that the separation of powers...
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The 2008 National Security Council Transition: Providing Continuity in a Bipartisan Environment
Perhaps the most important organizational and policy element of a contemporary presidential transition is the national security piece. The stakes involved in having a smooth organizational transition could not be higher. In fact, continuity in the...
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The Contemporary Presidency: Organizing the National Security Council: I like Ike's
The Project for National Security Reform (PNSR), a blue-ribbon, congressionally-chartered panel, concluded in 2008 that "The legacy structures and processes of a national security system that is now more than 60 years old no longer help American leaders...
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The Contextual Presidency: The Negative Shift in Presidential Immigration Rhetoric
Neustadt's (1991) claim that presidential power is the power to persuade highlights the expectation for what presidents are supposed to do with their rhetoric. The rhetoric is supposed to bring about a desired result. Therefore, the literature on presidential...
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The Evolution of Roosevelt's Rhetorical Legacy: Presidential Rhetoric about Rights in Domestic and Foreign Affairs, 1933-2011
In a series of major addresses and communications between 1932 and 1944--the 1932 Commonwealth Club Address (Roosevelt 1932), the 1941 "Four Freedoms" Speech (Roosevelt 1941) and "Atlantic Charter" agreement (Roosevelt and Churchill 1941), and the...
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The Historical Presidency: "Rallying Force": The Modern Presidency, Social Movements, and the Transformation of American Politics
This article explores the relationship between the modern presidency and social movements, an uneasy but critical alliance in the quest for both liberal and conservative reform during the past half-century. Focusing on Lyndon Johnson's relationship...
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The Law: In Service to Power: Legal Scholars as Executive Branch Lawyers in the Obama Administration
As a presidential candidate in 2008, Barack Obama criticized the George W. Bush administration for expanding presidential power beyond legal limits. Obama promised to reestablish the rule of law as "a president who has taught the Constitution, and...
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The Rhetoric of Revisionism: Presidential Rhetoric about the Vietnam War since 9/11
Almost 40 years after its conclusion, the Vietnam War remains a highly sensitive issue in the United States. By common agreement, Vietnam was the first war the United States lost. Some 58,000 Americans were killed, and, although this was certainly...
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The Roots of Modern Conservatism: Dewey, Taft, and the Battle for the Soul of the Republican Party
The Roots of Modern Conservatism: Dewey, Taft, and the Battle for the Soul of the Republican Party. By Michael D. Bowen. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2011. 254 pp. Michael Bowen argues that scholars have paid insufficient...
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The Teleological Discourse of Barack Obama
The Teleological Discourse of Barack Obama. By Richard W. Leeman. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2012. 275 pp. Most Americans, regardless of their political persuasions, are captivated by President Barack Obama's soaring rhetoric. Even when his rhetorical...
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