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. 36, No. 3, September

A "New Covenant" Kept: Core Values, Presidential Communications, and the Paradox of the Clinton Presidency
Commonplace among his supporters and many Americans is the idea that Ronald Reagan was an exemplar of philosophical consistency as president of the United States. Reagan, it is said, knew who he was, spoke and wrote consistently about his vision for...
Exorcising Scandal in the White House: Presidential Polling in Times of Crisis
Attention to public opinion polls during a scandal takes on greater proportions, especially for politicians and the media (Hogan 2003). To this end, scholars have argued that political scandal and public opinion polling are "a match made in heaven"...
McKinley's Backbone
Theodore Roosevelt is known for his forceful expressions and pungent wit. One of his most cited statements is a description of President William McKinley--he "has no more backbone than a chocolate eclair." For much of the twentieth century, McKinley...
"Peace without Conquest": Lyndon Johnson's Speech of April 7, 1965
On April 7, 1965, Lyndon Johnson delivered a televised address from Johns Hopkins University, reaching an estimated sixty million viewers across the United States and many tuning in from around the world. (1) His administration billed the speech, "Peace...
Presidential Difference in the Early Republic: The Highly Disparate Leadership Styles of Washington, Adams, and Jefferson
It is a near axiom of the behavioral sciences that the actions people take are a function of two broad sets of influences--their personal characteristics and the environments in which they are situated. It is also widely accepted that the more ambiguous...
Presidential Leadership and Administrative Coordination: Examining the Theory of a Unified Executive
As is often noted, the delegation of policy-making authority to the bureaucracy presents important doctrinal and constitutional issues for American government. What values should guide the administrative process and what institutional controls are...
Presidential Visits and Midterm Senate Elections
To win election and reelection, presidents, senators, and representatives work hard to interact with constituents, often through personal contact and visits (Shaw 1999a; Fenno 1996; Jacobson 2001; Mayhew 1974; Cohen, Krassa, and Hamman 1991). Many...
The Changing Nature of Presidential Policy Making on International Agreements
As chief diplomats, U.S. presidents hold a great reservoir of power, both formal and informal. One of the most important formal diplomatic powers of the presidency is the constitutional authority to negotiate treaties. However, presidents are constrained...
The Contemporary Presidency: The Decline and Resurgence and Decline (and Resurgence?) of Congress: Charting a New Imperial Presidency
"How Much Power Should They Have?" demanded the cover of Newsweek as 2006 began, as President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney glared out from underneath the headline. The question was prompted by a flurry of holiday season revelations...
The Law: George Bush as Commander in Chief: Toward the Nether World of Constitutionalism
The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several states when called into the actual service of the United States. --Article II, Section 2 President George W. Bush's sweeping...
The Polls: The Coalitional President from a Public Opinion Perspective
As Thomas Cronin (1980; also Cronin and Genovese 2004) insightfully pointed out thirty years ago, the presidency is beset with paradoxes, at times being tugged, pulled, or pushed in differing and often contradictory directions. For instance, on the...
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