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. 35, No. 3, September

Elections: Party Identification in the 2004 Election
Background Since Belknap and Campbell tied the concept of party identification to political behavior in 1951 (Belknap and Campbell 1951), party affiliation has played a central role in explanations of individual political behavior in the United...
George W. Bush, Edgar Allan Poe, and the Use and Abuse of Presidential Signing Statements
As President George W. Bush approached the beginning of his second term, national news media speculated as to why he had not been willing to use his veto power and whether he would be forced to do so with the new Congress. When he threatened Congress...
Judicial Review of the War Power
The terrorist attacks of 9/11, followed by the creation of a military tribunal, treatment of detainees, and passage of the USA Patriot Act, brought to the fore again the question of what role federal courts should play in policing the war power. Contemporary...
Staffing Alone: Unilateral Action and the Politicization of the Executive Office of the President, 1988-2004
There is a burgeoning literature on unilateral action (see, e.g., Cooper 2002; Howell 2003; Mayer 2001). This literature frequently assumes that once orders are written, they are implemented without difficulty. As students of the policy process know,...
The Contemporary Presidency: Condoleezza Rice as NSC Advisor: A Case Study of the Honest Broker Role
"We need to plan as if things won't go well." --George W. Bush, September 25, 2001 (Woodward 2002, 136) "I want to know what the options are. A president cannot decide and make rational decisions unless I understand the feasibility of that which...
The Last One Hundred Days
A lame duck President might look at his authority to govern in the transition period as if it were a large balloon with a slow leak.... The balloon is ineluctably shrinking with each passing week.... By the end of the year, he will have lost the attention...
The Law: Scholarly Support for Presidential Wars
War Powers in a Republic The Framers gave close thought on where to locate the war power. They knew that British precedents, on which they relied extensively in so many areas, assigned all of external affairs--including the war power--to the king....
The President and International Commitments: Treaties as Signaling Devices
U.S. presidents can choose the form of international agreements that they negotiate. Using the Constitution's Article II procedure to gain ratification of a formal treaty is a costly and time-consuming endeavor, so presidents frequently turn to executive...
Unilateral Powers: A Brief Overview
To advance their policy agenda, presidents have two options. They can submit proposals to Congress and hope that its members faithfully shepherd bills into laws; or they can exercise their unilateral powers--issuing such directives as executive orders,...
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