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. 29, No. 3, September

Comments on Theory and History, Structure and Agency
Any comment on Professor Skowronek's response courts the dangers of useless repetition sometimes illustrated in other journals. However, my comments can be brief, given the nature of Professor Skowronek's thoughtful response. Much of that response...
Fire, Flood, and Red Fever: Motivating Metaphors of Global Emergency in the Truman Doctrine Speech
Cold war exaggerations of American vulnerability derive rhetorically from the Truman Doctrine speech perhaps more than any other single presidential source. As the initial declaration of hostile relations with the Soviet Union after World War II, the...
Jim Crow's Coming Out: Race Relations and American Foreign Policy in the Truman Years
The struggles for racial equality in the United States and in the world system that characterized the entire cold war era accelerated sharply during the presidency of Harry S. Truman. The domestic civil rights movement and what might be called the...
Lyndon Johnson, Vietnam, and Public Opinion: Rethinking Realist Theory of Leadership
Realist accounts of international relations are based on a theory of strong leadership of domestic public opinion. Realists and neorealists argue that domestic elite actors' participation in foreign policy making is the critical intervening process...
Skill in Context: A Comparison of Politicians
Politics and government are presented to citizens through stories about the actions of individual political leaders because individuals and their actions provide good stories. It is a short jump to the proposition that political science is biography....
The Contemporary Presidency: Moral Character in the White House: From Republican to Democratic
Each new president changes the questions we ask about the presidency. Ronald Reagan's term led presidency scholars to ask about the kinds of knowledge that presidents need to function effectively. George Bush's term led to analysis of the dilemmas...
The Democrats' Decline in the House during the Clinton Presidency: An Analysis of Partisan Swings
The three elections for the House of Representatives held thus far during the Clinton presidency have all proved to be disappointing for President Clinton. In 1994, his party lost control of the House for the first time in forty years. The great animosity...
The Law: Legal Disputes in the Clinton Years
The first six years of the Clinton administration were packed with legal controversies, ranging from presidential immunity (the Paula Jones case) to the item veto. When the Jones case widened to include Monica Lewinsky, the investigation by Independent...
The Limits of Rational Choice: Bush and Clinton Budget Summitry
Rational choice models change uncertainly into risk, convert risk from a constraint that paralyzes action to a set of opportunities that encourages decision, measure decisions taken against presumably more "rational" options, and provide a baseline...
Theory and History, Structure and Agency
I received George Edwards's request for a response to Professor's Hoekstra's critique in the closing weeks of 1998. This was, I confess, a heady time for me and a peculiar one in which to read about the limits of the theory set forth in The Politics...
The Politics of Politics: Skowronek and Presidential Research
Stephen Skowronek's The Politics Presidents Make (1993) has been rightfully greeted by presidential scholars as a "monumental book," "a brilliant reading of presidential leadership," and as a work that "earns a very special place in the library of...
The Polls: Favorability Ratings of Presidents
Bill Clinton's presidency has been beset by scandal, investigations, and, in early October 1998, the House Judiciary Committee commenced impeachment heatings. Throughout the late summer and fall of 1998, the media aired literally hundreds of polls...
White House Staff Size: Explanations and Implications
Questioning the size of White House staffs dates back at least to Herbert Hoover's introduction of a noncareer, professional staff of four: "In bygone days, the President had one secretary ... now there is a whole machine-gun squad to handle the work"...
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