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. 34, No. 2, June

A Cognitive-Psychodynamic Perspective to Understanding Secretary of State Cyrus Vance's Worldview
The systematic study of images in political psychology, as it arose in the early 1960s, portrays U.S. foreign policy decision makers and diplomats as cold warriors, operating with a limited set of cognitive-driven impressions built around the stereotype...
Blue Ribbons, Black Boxes: Toward a Better Understanding of Presidential Commissions
The delegation of political power has long been a central concern of political science. When, and why, do elected officials voluntarily give some of their own authority to others? In the past 20 years, this question has spawned a vast and sophisticated...
Democratic Enlargement's Value Hierarchy and Rhetorical Forms: An Analysis of Clinton's Use of a Post-Cold War Symbolic Frame to Justify Military Interventions
American jubilation at the Cold War's conclusion masked significant unresolved strategic and rhetorical problems. Since the mid-1940s, "national security" had served as a profoundly unifying concept, yoking foreign policy, military decisions, and domestic...
Elections: Voter Support and Partisans' (Mis)perceptions of Presidential Candidates' Abortion Views in 2000
In August of 2000, a self-avowed fundamentalist Christian who had publicly pledged to "do everything in my power to restrict abortion" earned the Republican Presidential nomination in Philadelphia. (1) In an apparent attempt to diffuse this controversial...
How Public Opinion Constrains the Use of Force: The Case of Operation Restore Hope
At some level, the political decisions preempt in these kinds of operations.... Everything that's done is political.--General Joseph Hoar, USMC (ret.) Former CINCCENT (1) In early 1991, Somalia fell into a state of civil war, precipitating a catastrophic...
Lincoln: A Weberian Politician Meets the Constitution
This essay addresses the question of how Abraham Lincoln attempted to reconcile competing demands he faced as president in an environment of extraordinary ethical complexity, demands that would have taxed any American president in such a circumstance....
Source Material: The Truth Is out There: The Recently Released NSC Institutional Files of the Nixon Presidency
This article reviews the recent release of material concerning the National Security Council by the Nixon presidential material staff in NARA. The new collection covers a wide array of issues relating not only to the structural and procedural developments...
The Contemporary Presidency: Unity in the Executive and the Presidential Succession Act
Nearly three hundred tons of aircraft and fuel struck the east lace of the building at a speed of three hundred knots. The aircraft disintegrated on impact. No less fragile than a bird, its speed and mass had already fragmented the columns outside...
The Law: Must the Senate Take a Floor Vote on a Presidential Judicial Nominee?
On September 4, 2003, at the request of the nominee, President George W. Bush withdrew the nomination of Miguel Estrada for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. At that time, the Estrada nomination had been in the Senate for over...
The Polls: Presidential Traits and Job Approval: Some Aggregate-Level Evidence
In a previous article in this journal, Cohen (2001) introduced time series measures of public perceptions of Bill Clinton's personal characteristics. Here, I explore the political impact of these perceptions, asking whether they affect the public's...
The Structures of National Security Decision Making: Leadership, Institutions, and Politics in the Carter, Reagan, and G. H. W. Bush Years
Virginia Commonwealth University Decision making for U.S. national security is not a static process. Presidents adjust their decision-making structures from time to time when they perceive that the standard interagency procedures no longer serve...