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. 42, No. 1, March

Editor's Introduction
As the calamitous economic events of the last several years have shown, the role of the president in governing the economy has become more complex, more difficult, and more critical--not only to the president's political success but, more importantly,...
Lessons and Issues
In these closing remarks, I will refrain from recapitulating in detail and allow the important articles in this special issue to speak mainly for themselves. For the most part, I will offer some reflections about what we have learned and about issues...
Persistent Leadership: Presidents and the Evolution of U.S. Financial Reform, 1970-2007
In July 2010, President Barack Obama signed into law a sweeping program of financial regulatory reform popularly known as the Dodd-Frank Act. This act was a response to the financial crisis and attempted to address weaknesses widely perceived in the...
Polls and Elections: The Conditional Effects of Competing Messages during Presidential Nominating Conventions
Introduction To what degree can positive impressions made by presidential candidates be successfully counteracted by subsequent negative messaging? Can the impact of negative messaging be nullified by subsequent positive impressions? These are questions...
Presidents and the Political Economy: The Coalitional Foundations of Presidential Power
Presidents shape the economy; the economy shapes presidencies. If anyone doubted this, the first three years of the Obama presidency offered a stark reminder. Swept into office on a tide of discontent prompted by the worst financial crisis since the...
Presidents, Parties, and the Business Cycle, 1949-2009
A small body of research since the 1970s has reported that Democratic presidents have compiled better economic records than their Republican counterparts in the post-World War II era (Alesina and Rosenthal 1995; Barrels 2008; Hibbs 1977, 1987). Barrels'...
The Contemporary Presidency: Executive Orders and Presidential Unilateralism
In the last decade or so, students of the American presidency have renewed their interest in the formal authorities and unilateral possibilities of presidential power, driven both by methodological logic and by events. On the theoretic side, scholars...
The Historical Presidency: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Destroyer Deal: Normalizing Prerogative Power
To most historians of diplomatic and military history President Franklin D. Roosevelt's willingness to conclude the destroyer deal with Prime Minister Winston Churchill (an exchange of 50 overage destroyers for leases to maintain naval bases on British...
The Law: Military Operations in Libya: No War? No Hostilities?
While escalating the war in Afghanistan and attempting to withdraw U.S. forces from Iraq, President Barack Obama in March 2011 opened a new war in Libya without seeking or obtaining authority from Congress. Instead, he claimed legal support from two...
The President, Congress, and the Financial Crisis: Ideology and Moral Hazard in Economic Governance
The worldwide financial meltdown of 2008-09 caught economists and policy makers by surprise, including the U.S. president and his chief economic advisors. While the Council of Economic Advisers (CEA), the U.S. Treasury Department, and the Federal Reserve...
The Wages of Competence: Obama, the Economy, and the 2010 Midterm Elections
The Democratic Party's huge loss in the 2010 election, coming after victories in 2006 and 2008 that had seemingly put them in charge of the government, registered the voters' verdict: the president and his congressional allies had failed to measure...
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