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. 39, No. 3, September

Continuity, Competence, and the Succession of Senate-Confirmed Agency Appointees, 1989-2009
The presidential power to appoint senior government officials has evolved from a few phrases in the second paragraph of the second section of Article II of the U.S. Constitution into an unwieldy and opaque system of rules and expectations. "The appointment...
Crisis Leadership of the Bush Presidency: Advisory Capacity and Presidential Performance in the Acute Stages of the 9/11 and Katrina Crises
"There is no longer such a thing as strategy; only crisis management," U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara sighed after the experience of the Cuban missile crisis. That surely was an exaggeration, but it does drive home the idea that the ability...
Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies
THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release January 21, 2009 SUBJECT: Freedom of Information Act A democracy requires accountability, and accountability requires transparency. As Justice Louis Brandeis wrote,...
Opinion Formation, Polarization, and Presidential Reelection
--George W. Bush, 2000 Despite George W. Bush's bold promise during the 2000 election campaign to unify the country, the American public became markedly more polarized while he was president. Although the public was deeply divided in their judgments...
President Eisenhower and the Development of Active Labor Market Policy in the United States: A Revisionist View
The early assessment of Dwight D. Eisenhower and his presidency by the popular media and academic scholars was predominately negative. They saw his political philosophy as conservative and dated, his political leadership and skills as weak, and his...
Presidential Proclamation 6920: Using Executive Power to Set a New Direction for the Management of National Monuments
The creation of law involves the representation and participation of many actors with varied interests and resources. Unilateral lawmaking, however, is unique in its independence from the traditional legislative process because it does not require...
Reluctant Liberator: Theodore Roosevelt's Philosophy of Self-Government and Preparation for Philippine Independence
The United States was born in anticolonial rebellion, but in 1910, its former president exhorted the people of Sudan to submit to British rule forevermore. Theodore Roosevelt, addressing an American Presbyterian mission in Khartoum, declared the Sudanese...
Sanctioning Foreign Policy: The Rhetorical Use of President Harry Truman
Throughout his presidency, George W. Bush actively drew connections between the war on terror and World War II and/or the Cold War (see Chernus 2006; Ivie 2005; Noon 2004; Smith 2007). At the same time, Bush also drew parallels between his presidency...
The Obama Presidential Transition: An Early Assessment
The seventy-six days between election day, November 4, 2008, and inauguration day, January 20, 2009, once again demonstrated the significance of the transition period to an ensuing presidency. For the Obama presidency, the transition was especially...
The White House Office of Public Liaison
To an unusual degree, the contest for the 2008 presidential nominations highlighted the relationships among candidates, lobbyists, and political action committees. Barack Obama resolutely refused to accept contributions from lobbyists and political...

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