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. 4, December

Borges's Encyclopedia and Classification in Presidential Studies
In her 1990 address before the Presidency Research Group, Betty Glad argued that the alleged low status of presidential studies was based in large part upon a model of science used in theoretical physics. Instead, she contended, if research in botany...
Does Presidential Rhetoric Matter? Priming and Presidential Approval
Does presidential rhetoric affect presidential approval? Surprisingly, virtually no research has addressed this question--despite widespread recognition that presidents invest substantial resources to perfect their rhetoric (Edwards 2002), and clear...
Elections: Tax Cut versus Lockbox: Did the Voters Grasp the Tradeoff in 2000?
The 2000 presidential election was consequential for many reasons, among them being that soon after his inauguration George W. Bush was able to carry out his campaign promise of a large tax cut for all taxpayers. Had the election turned out differently...
Executive Prerogative and the "Good Officer" in Thomas Jefferson's Letter to John B. Colvin
There are several scholarly understandings regarding the Constitution and the prerogative power (Arnhart 1979; Scigliano 1989; Sorenson 1989; Thomas 2000). Each understanding agrees that laws are imperfect with regard to the future and must therefore...
Principled Pragmatism: Abraham Lincoln's Method of Political Analysis
"If we could first know where we are, and whither we are tending, we would then better judge what to do, and how to do it." --Opening lines of Abraham Lincoln's House Divided speech (Quoted in Basler 1953-1955, II, 461) Many scholars...
Source Material: Sequestered from the Court of History: The Kissinger Transcripts
On February 11, 2002, after nearly 30 years, Henry Kissinger agreed to release 20,000 pages of transcripts of his telephone diplomacy with foreign leaders made between 1969 and September 1973 when he was special assistant to the president for national...
The Contemporary Presidency: Presidents, Lawmakers, and Spies: Intelligence Accountability in the United States
This article has two objectives. As a means for understanding the contemporary state of intelligence accountability, the first is to present a thumbnail sketch of executive-legislative relations in this policy domain since the end of the Second World...
The Law: Can You Sue the White House? Opening the Door for Separation of Powers Immunity in Cheney V. District Court
There is an old saying, "You can't sue city hall." The reference is that the executive is immune from lawsuits, so don't bother with litigation. It will just be a waste of time and resources. Cynics have interpreted executive immunity as an open invitation...
The President as Reformer: When Do Presidents Initiate Administrative Reform through Legislation?
The Bush administration's recent creation of a Department of Homeland Security has brought attention to executive reform. While massive reforms such as the formation of the Department of Homeland Security and the creation of the Department of Defense...
The Secular Decline in Presidential Domestic Policy Making: An Organizational Perspective
Domestic policy making has been an area that has received considerable scholarly attention by students of the American presidency. This has been true of bilateral activities involving other institutions whether it concerns legislation (e.g., Bond and...

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