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. 33, No. 2, June

Evolution of the Modern Rhetorical Presidency: Presidential Presentation and Development of the State of the Union Address
He [the president] shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient. --U.S. Constitution, Article II, Section III ...
Our Chief Magistrate and His Powers: A Reconsideration of William Howard Taft's "Whig" Theory of Presidential Leadership
William Howard Taft, twenty-seventh president of the United States, is primarily remembered as an insignificant leader serving between far more interesting presidents, Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson. But Taft is also remembered as offering a...
Presidential Success in Communicating with the Public through Televised Addresses
One of the president's most conspicuous and potentially powerful uses of the bully pulpit is the televised address to the nation. With these addresses, the president has the opportunity to enter homes throughout America to speak to people directly,...
Reassessing Public Opinion Polling in the Truman Administration
Scholars have recently explored the origins of the institutionalization of public opinion polling in the administrative apparatus of the White House (see Jacobs and Shapiro 1995; Heith 1998; Eisinger and Brown 1998; Eisinger 2000). However, the development...
Source Material: Toward the Study of the First Lady: The State of Scholarship. (Features)
I hope that someday someone will take the time to evaluate the true role of the wife of a president, and to assess the many burdens she has to bear and the contributions she makes. --Harry S. Truman Getting right to the point, first ladies have...
The Contemporary Presidency: Communications Operations in the White House of President George W. Bush: Making News on His Terms. (Features)
White House operations reflect the president whom the staff serve. His strengths are theirs and his weaknesses are mirrored in the organization. "Whether it's communications, whether it's campaigning, whether it's domestic policy, no matter what it...
The Joy of Power: Changing Conceptions of the Presidential Office
In the closing weeks of his presidency, Bill Clinton consented to an interview with Jann Wenner of Rolling Stone Magazine. "I love this job," the president told Wenner, "and I love the nature of this work.... I got to deal with politics, policy, and...
The Law: The Constitutionality of Congressional-Executive Agreements. (Features)
The limited attention to international agreements in the Constitution has created a void that has left students of American jurisprudence with little direction as to which situations require a Senate-ratified treaty and which situations can be dealt...
The Manchester Union Leader's Influence in the 1996 New Hampshire Republican Primary
In a media environment dominated by large corporations answerable to stockholders, newspapers and television news programs are often criticized for being bland and inoffensive as they try to protect the financial bottom line (Picard 1998; Sanford 1999)....
The Polls: Can Presidential Rhetoric Affect the Public's Economic Perceptions? (Features)
A small but important literature has found that major presidential speeches may improve the level of public approval toward the president under certain conditions (Ragsdale 1984, 1987; Brace and Hinckley 1992). (1) Ragsdale (1984, 980) reports that...

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