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. 4, December

Abraham Lincoln and White America
Abraham Lincoln and White America. By Brian R. Dirck. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2012. 213 pp. Americans tend to mythologize Abraham Lincoln, and in recent decades the temptation has been to regard him as a champion of racial equality....
Debatable Humor: Laughing Matters on the 2008 Presidential Primary Campaign
Debatable Humor: Laughing Matters on the 2008 Presidential Primary Campaign. By Patrick A. Stewart. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2012. 136 pp. For students of political debates who are weary of making their way through research that meanders down...
Decreasing the Economy's Impact on Evaluations of the President: An Experiment on Attribution Framing
In December 2007, the United States entered the worst recession since the Great Depression of the 1930s. (1) As the economy contracted, unemployment rose from 4.7% in late 2007 to 7.8% by January, 2009. That same month, Barack Obama was inaugurated....
Don't Stop Thinking about the Music: The Politics of Songs and Musicians in Presidential Campaigns
Don't Stop Thinking about the Music: The Politics of Songs and Musicians in Presidential Campaigns. By Benjamin S. Schoening and Eric T. Kasper. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2012. 289 pp. In Don't Stop Thinking about the Music, Benjamin S. Schoening...
Lincoln's Ladder to the Presidency: The Eighth Judicial Circuit
Lincoln's Ladder to the Presidency: The Eighth Judicial Circuit. By Guy C. Fraker. Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press, 2012. 328 pp. The key word here is "circuit." During the 1840s and 1850s, a bevy of lawyers, a state's attorney,...
Lord Bryce's Curse: The Costs of Presidential Heroism and the Hope of Deliberative Incrementalism
Presidents yearn for greatness. They take heroic decisions against long odds to earn the reverence of later generations and cement their "standing in history." The modern presidential compulsion to demonstrate heroic mastery stems, in part, from...
Making Stale Debates Fresh Again: The Defense of Ideology as a Regime Imperative
From the late 1970s until the recent near collapse of the global financial system, the American way of political economy or "variety of capitalism" had been steadfastly, even joyously, market oriented. Taxes on the wealthy, rechristened job-creators,...
Mr. President: How and Why the Founders Created a Chief Executive
Mr. President: How and Why the Founders Created a Chief Executive. By Ray Raphael. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2012. 324 pp. In Mr. President, a traditional and engaging political history, Ray Raphael seeks to answer How and Why the Founders Created...
Mr Secretary, My Son-in-Law: William G. Mcadoo, Woodrow Wilson, and the Presidential Cabinet
Searching for Significance in a Noninstitution The presidential cabinet is a well-known but little examined part of the United States' federal government. Unlike the situation in the Westminster system, the U.S. presidential cabinet is responsible...
Northeast Asia and the Legacy of Harry S. Truman: Japan, China, and the Two Koreas
Northeast Asia and the Legacy of Harry S. Truman: Japan, China, and the Two Koreas. Edited by James I. Matray. Kirksville, MO: Truman State University Press, 2012. 362 pp. This volume advances our understanding of the impact of President Harry S....
Partisan Polarization in American Politics: A Background Paper
Acute partisan conflict arising from the ideological polarization of the national parties is now a dominant feature of American politics. The series of prominent showdowns over fiscal policy between Democratic president Barack Obama and the congressional...
Presidential Success in Supreme Court Appointments: Informational Effects and Institutional Constraints
Contemporary theories of executive appointments use the framework of the spatial model, in which two or more actors strive to minimize the distance between their ideal point and the appointee's, settling on a nominee located somewhere in the middle....
Presidential versus Vice Presidential Home State Advantage: A Comparative Analysis of Electoral Significance, Causes, and Processes, 1884-2008
The perception of a home state advantage in presidential elections has been evident throughout American political history. Most presidential nominees have come from populous states with the potential to deliver many electoral votes (Adkison 1982)....
President Obama's Signing Statements and the Expansion of Executive Power
"The Decider" Returns? In a January 2013 signing statement, President Barack Obama stated that his constitutional powers as president limited him to signing or vetoing a law outright and that he lacked the authority to reject legislative provisions...
Presidents and Party Teams: The Politics of Debt Limits and Executive Oversight, 2001-2013
There were some on my side who did not want to be seen helping the president do something he wanted to get done, just because the president wanted to do it. --Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), on the failure of gun control legislation, May 2013. (1) ...
Presidents Profiting from Disasters: Evidence of Presidential Distributive Politics
Large areas of northern Oklahoma were hit by severe storms and flooding in the first two weeks of June 2008. Property damage was estimated to total more than $759 million, an astounding $198 for every resident of Oklahoma. (1) That same summer Missouri...
Taking Our Country Back: The Crafting of Networked Politics from Howard Dean to Barack Obama
Taking Our Country Back: The Crafting of Networked Politics From Howard Dean to Barack Obama. By Daniel Kreiss. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012. 230 pp. Daniel Kreiss's new book aims to trace how political personnel, organizations, and technologies...
The Cuban Missile Crisis in American Memory: Myth versus Reality
The Cuban Missile Crisis in American Memory: Myth Versus Reality. By Sheldon Stern. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2012. 196 pp. Sheldon Stern, a former historian at the John E Kennedy Presidential Library, has spent much of his career...
The Electoral Roots of America's Dysfunctional Government
The government in Washington is dysfunctional. That is one of the few things that Democrats and Republicans can agree on these days. Our nation faces major challenges in dealing with such problems as continuing high unemployment, growing inequality,...
The George W. Bush Presidency: A Rhetorical Perspective
The George W. Bush Presidency: A Rhetorical Perspective. Edited by Robert E. Denton, Jr. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2012. 184 pp. The preface to The George W. Bush Presidency declares that "there are a few academic volumes on the Bush presidency,...
Truman's Triumphs: The 1948 Election and the Making of Postwar America
Truman's Triumphs: The 1948 Election and the Making of Postwar America. By Andrew E. Busch. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2012. 280 pp. Despite opinions to the contrary, there is a considerable difference between political history and political...