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. 27, No. 2, Spring

Awaiting Rehabilitation: The Carter Presidency in Political Science Textbooks
Jimmy Carter was sworn in as president in 1977 amid high expectations. After the unprecedented damage inflicted on the presidency by the twin tragedies of the Vietnam war and the Watergate scandal, official lies and deceptions had left many Americans...
Dwight Eisenhower and the New Deal: The Politics of Preemption
In The Politics That Presidents Make, Stephen Skowronek argues that presidents should be compared as a result of similarities in their historical/political circumstances rather than their proximate time in history. Specifically, Skowronek places presidents...
Executive Clemency in the United States: Origins, Development, and Analysis
The Constitution vests the President of the United States with "power to grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States, except in cases of impeachment" (art. ii, sec. 2). The granting of pardons, reprieves, and other manifestations...
Executive Privilege in the Carter Administration: The "Open" Presidency and Secrecy Policy
The Watergate crisis brought the doctrine of executive privilege--the right of the president to withhold information from the coordinate branches of government and ultimately the public--to the forefront of political discourse in the United States....
George Washington's Pre-Presidential Statesmanship, 1783-1789
Between the close of the Revolutionary War and ratification of the Constitution, did George Washington "take a lead in re-forming the Union, or was he merely brought in, so to speak, in an honorary capacity?"(1) As Marcus Cunliffe suggests, how this...
In Defense of Raoal Berger
More than two decades ago Raoul Berger published his now classic treatise on executive Privilege.(1) Berger's thesis was that the doctrine of executive privilege--especially as it pertained to the withholding of information from Congress--is an unfounded...
Leadership by Exemplar: Reagan's FDR and Thatcher's Churchill
As prominent as the fall of communism and the struggles for democratization in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union have been, there were two "revolutions" in the West that immediately preceded the close of the Cold War. The Reagan and Thatcher...
On Behalf of the President: Four Factors Affecting the Success of the Presidential Press Secretary
In the fall of 1957, Journalism Review printed an article entitled "President Eisenhower and his Press Secretary," which examined "the more authoritative role" played by Eisenhower's press secretary, James C. Hagerty. After noting the able manner...
On the Comparison of Presidential and Parliamentary Governments
Comparison of the French and American presidencies has been made more difficult than it needs to be by confusion over the essential differences between presidential and parliamentary government. Classic textbook definitions, such as the aphorism that...
On the Way Out: Interregnum Presidential Activity
The presidential interregnum refers to the activities of the outgoing administration during the period between the election and the inauguration of a new president. A presidential interregnum can be contrasted with a presidential transition which...
The Presidency and the Promotion of Domestic Crisis: John Kennedy's Management of the 1962 Steel Crisis
In March 1962, the United Steelworkers of America reached an early labor settlement with the U.S. steel industry. The contract included no increase in wage rates, but provided fringe benefit improvements that amounted to an increase of 10 cents an...
Unified Government, the Two Presidencies Thesis, and Presidential Support in the Senate: An Analysis of President Clinton's First Two Years
In an article published in 1966, Aaron Wildavsky attempted to systematize the study of presidential performance in the legislative arena by dividing presidential legislative proposals into two categories: foreign and domestic policy.(1) Wildavsky...
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