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. 32, No. 1, March

American Historical Association Response to Executive Order 13233. (Features)
November 19, 2001 The Honorable Stephen Horn, Chairman Committee on Government Reform 2157 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Dear Representative Horn, I write on behalf of the American Historical Association (AHA) concerning...
American Political Science Association Response to Executive Order 13233. (Features)
The Honorable Stephen Horn Chairman, Subcommittee on Government Efficiency, Financial Management, and Intergovernmental Relations B-373 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Dear Chairman Horn, As President of the American Political...
Coalition Building and Overcoming Legislative Gridlock in Foreign Policy, 1947-98. (Articles)
The failure of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty in October 1999 highlights the degree of partisan conflict that existed between President Clinton and the Republican majority in Congress. Observers argued that politicians should set aside partisanship...
Eisenhower, King Utopus, and the Fifties Decade in America. (Articles)
William Connolly (1993) once wrote that the basic concepts of political philosophy can be described as "essentially contested." He noted that a contested concept emerges when the concept is appraisive and internally complex and when its rules of application...
Executive Order 13233 Further Implementation of the Presidential Records Act. (Features)
On November 1, 2001, President Bush signed Executive Order 13233, allowing for the release of a select category of records only after the incumbent and former presidents agree on their release. In addition, the order rescinded Executive Order 12667...
From the Editors
The peer review process is at the heart of scholarly publication. Its success depends on the intellectual contributions of scholars who generously devote their time to reading and evaluating the work of others. The editor and features editors thank...
Never Cared to Say Goodbye: Presidential Legacies and Vice Presidential Campaigns. (Articles)
There is an old story about a mother who has two sons. One goes to sea and the other becomes Vice President of the United States. Neither is ever heard from again. --Hubert H. Humphrey (1991, 320) President Eisenhower's comment became notorious....
Public Opinion and Public Policy: The Case of Kennedy and Civil Rights. (Articles)
The connection between presidential policy making and public opinion remains a subject of considerable dispute. Current debate centers on two conflicting accounts (for classic studies of public opinion and policy making, see Miller and Stokes 1963;...
Source Material: Executive Order 13233 [Federal Register Vol. 66, No. 214, November 5, 2001] Further Implementation of the Presidential Records Act. (Features)
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to establish policies and procedures implementing section 2204 of title 44 of the United States Code with respect to constitutionally...
The Contemporary Presidency: Parties, Process, and Presidential Power: Learning from Confirmation Politics in the U.S. Senate. (Features)
According to the Brookings Institution, it has taken the Senate longer to confirm subcabinet nominees with each successive administration since President Kennedy's (Loomis 2001). Political scientists have spent little time analyzing why this is the...
"The Great Communicator" and "The Great Talker" on the Radio: Projecting Presidential Personas. (Research Note)
Analyses of the personal and political values of various presidents of the United States based on their public utterances have become commonplace (see, e.g., Evered 1983; Hantz 1996; Simonton 1987; Suedfeld and Wallace 1995; Winter 1987; Zullow et...
The Law: Defending Congress's Interests in Court: How Lawmakers and the President Bargain over Department of Justice Representation. (Features)
This article is a preliminary attempt to sort out two questions central to the smooth workings of our tripartite system of government: first, do government lawyers have a "duty to defend" acts of Congress? Second, if it turns out that the White House...
The Polls: The Public's Response to the Clinton Scandals, Part 1: Inconsistent Theories, Contradictory Evidence. (Features)
When the history of the Clinton administration is written, and its place among modern presidencies is assessed, one question will surely require explanation. How was it possible for a president who consistently lied to the public (1) and to his own...
"Until Next Week": The Saturday Radio Addresses of Ronald Reagan. (Articles)
There are two competing camps concerning the rhetorical legacy of Ronald Reagan. The dominant interpretation in the media and also among academic scholars is that Reagan was a skillful presenter of other people's speeches, a master at using often maudlin...
Veto Threats as a Policy Tool: When to Threaten? (Articles)
Presidents have many tools in the policy-making process. One of the most powerful of these is vetoing legislation. Studies of the veto in the American context can be grouped into examinations of its historical development (Spitzer 1994; Watson 1987),...