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. 4, December

Avoiding Advice and Consent: Recess Appointments and Presidential Power
In July 2004, President Bush announced his intention to make twenty appointments during the congressional recess, including a new chairman of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). For FTC chairman, Bush appointed Deborah Majoras. Majoras's nomination...
Conceptualizing and Measuring White House Staff Influence on Presidential Rhetoric
Presidential rhetoric is hardly an understudied phenomenon in American politics. Since Richard Neustadt (1990) famously defined presidential power as the power to persuade, political scientists have evaluated and analyzed the empirical evidence supporting...
Elections: Reliability Trumps Competence: Personal Attributes in the 2004 Presidential Election
The reelection of George W. Bush was one of the closest presidential reelection victories in American history. The narrow margin by which the election was decided has led analysts to focus on various explanations for why Bush won. Various issues, such...
Featuring the President as Free Trader: Television News Coverage of U.S. Trade Politics
While still a candidate for president, Ronald Reagan publicly stated his symbolic vision of a free trade area across the North American continent "from the Yukon to the Yucatan." Reagan's rhetoric would be realized in successive administrations with...
Historical Trends in Questioning Presidents, 1953-2000
The White House press corps has long had a significant bearing on presidential governance. Ever since opinion leadership became important for the chief executive in the early decades of the twentieth century (Kernell 1986), presidents have been dependent...
Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush: Faith, Foreign Policy, and an Evangelical Presidential Style
"I had a different way of governing ... I was a Southerner, a born-again Christian, a Baptist, a newcomer." (Hargrove 1988, 15) --Jimmy Carter "My style, my focus, and many of the issues that I talk about ... are reinforced by my religion." (Bush...
Polls, Elite Opinion, and the President: How Information and Issue Saliency Affect Approval
Presidential approval remains one of the most discussed aspects of American politics among citizens, pundits, and political scientists. For all the research that has been conducted in this area, however, most conclusions are generated from aggregate...
Scheduling the Party Conventions
In 2004, the Democratic party held its nominating convention in Boston, July 26-29. More than a month later, August 30-September 2, the Republican party renominated President Bush in New York City. Although the Republicans met somewhat later than usual,...
The Contemporary Presidency: "Going Local" to Reform Social Security
Leading the media, public, and Congress through speeches is at the core of presidential governance. But just as the modern political environment requires presidents to appeal for support through speeches, presidents are increasingly unable to cultivate...
The Law: The President "Shall Nominate": Exclusive or Shared Constitutional Power?
On May 23, 2005, a bipartisan group of fourteen senators (known as the Gang of Fourteen) (1) signed an agreement that ended an escalating battle between the Republican and Democratic parties in the Senate. Still in operation, the compromise ensured...
The Polls: Polarized Opinion in the States: Partisan Differences in Approval Ratings of Governors, Senators, and George W. Bush
George W. Bush has provoked the widest partisan differences in popular evaluations of a president's performance ever observed in the nearly seven decades that the surveys have been asking the job approval question. (1) In a new book explaining why...

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