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. 44, No. 1, March

Andrew Johnson's Civil War and Reconstruction
Andrew Johnson's Civil War and Reconstruction. By Paul H. Bergeron. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2011. 300 pp. Since 1960, the reputation of Andrew Johnson's presidency has steadily eroded, a decline that is largely attributable to...
Creatures of Politics: Media, Message, and the American Presidency
Creatures of Politics: Media, Message, and the American Presidency. By Michael Lempert and Michael Silverstein. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2012. 263 pp. In Creatures of Politics, linguistic anthropologists Michael Lempert and Michael...
FDR and the Jews
FDR and the Jews. By Richard Breitman and Allan J. Lichtman. Cambridge, MA: TBelknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2013. 433 pp. With FDR and the Jews, distinguished American University historians Richard Breitman and Allan J. Lichtman have...
Making Sense of Presidential Restraint: Foundational Arrangements and Executive Decision Making before the Civil War
Most political scientists assume that American presidents are power-seeking political animals: they seek to optimize their chances of reelection, to pursue advantage against their personal rivals, and to see as much of their desired policy ends enacted,...
Opposition to the Theory of Presidential Representation: Federalists, Whigs, and Republicans
Executive power has the advantage of concentration in a single head in whose choice the whole Nation has a part, making him the focus of public hopes and expectations. --Justice Robert Jackson, concurring opinion in Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co....
Party Polarization and the Ascendance of Bipartisan Posturing as a Dominant Strategy in Presidential Rhetoric
How do changes in the intensity of party conflict shape presidents' public presentations of self? Are presidents' public statements about parties and partisanship consistent with their political maneuvers behind the scenes? When do presidents have...
Political Tone: How Leaders Talk and Why
Political Tone: How Leaders Talk and Why. By Roderick P. Hart, Jay P. Childers, and Colene J. Lind. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013. 280 pp. For a concept as ubiquitous as tone, there is surprisingly little research as it relates to politics....
Polls and Elections: Party Identification in the 2012 Presidential Election
Background Although party affiliation's role in individual political behavior in the United States has been studied since the 1940s (Berelson, Lazarsfeld, and McPhee 1954; Lazarsfeld, Berelson, and Gaudet 1944), it became a central focus in the...
Presidents as Agents of Change
Over the last half-century, most presidency research has been built upon Richard Neustadt's (1990 [1960]) premise that modern presidents operate within a political environment that is intractable and highly resistant to change. Though they may rack...
Prosecution among Friends: Presidents, Attorneys General, and Executive Branch Wrongdoing
Prosecution among Friends: Presidents, Attorneys General, and Executive Branch Wrongdoing. By David Alistair Yalof. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2012. 196 pp. In the decades since Watergate, every administration has faced charges...
Reagan's Mythical America: Storytelling as Political Leadership
Reagan's Mythical America: Storytelling as Political Leadership. By Jan Hanska. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. 256 pp. Ronald Reagan once remarked, "I think now and then to use an anecdote saves a lot of words" and even "illustrates what it...
Rethinking Presidential Studies through Historical Research: Introduction
When George Edwards first proposed that we put together a special issue of Presidential Studies Quarterly to feature historical research, we were skeptical. We are of an age when the appearance of scholars raising the flag, rallying the troops, drawing...
Take Up Your Pen: Unilateral Presidential Directives in American Politics
Take Up Your Pen: Unilateral Presidential Directives in American Politics. By Graham G. Dodds. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013. 309 pp. Writing in the Notre Dame Lawyer in 1963, a young law student by the name of Robert B. Cash...
The Constitutional Ambitions of James Madison's Presidency
Scholarship on the presidency remains frozen within the post-Neustadt perspective concerning the uniqueness of the "modern" presidency (Neustadt 1990). The study of the institution and actors in the past has long promised a thaw, but the melting thus...
The Development of the American Presidency
The Development of the American Presidency. By Richard J. Ellis. New York: Routledge, 2012. 585 pp. Many of the canonical scholarly treatments of the presidency have been sensitive to the evolution of the institution and the ways in which contemporary...
The Door of Hope: Republican Presidents and the First Southern Strategy, 1877-1933
The Door of Hope: Republican Presidents and the First Southern Strategy, 1877-1933. By Edward O. Frantz. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2011. 295 pp. Edward O. Frantz's Door of Hope examines a forgotten element of post-Reconstruction...
The Law: Connecting Presidential Power to Public Law
The first American graduate school of political science, established at Columbia College in 1880, concentrated on the study of history, law, and philosophy. Students took classes in constitutional history, comparative constitutional law, comparative...
The Life of Herbert Hoover: Imperfect Visionary, 1918-1928
The Life of Herbert Hoover: Imperfect Visionary, 1918-1928. By Kendrick A. Clements. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010. 607 pp. Who was Herbert Hoover? Answering that question depends not only on the perspective from which the query is made but...
The Performative Presidency: Crisis and Resurrection during the Clinton Years
The Performative Presidency: Crisis and Resurrection during the Clinton Years. By James L. Mast. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013. 198 pp. In The Performative Presidency, Jason L. Mast discusses two presidents. The first is a likeable...
The Post-Presidency from Washington to Clinton
The Post-Presidency from Washington to Clinton. By Burton I. Kaufman. Lawrence: University of Kansas Press, 2012. 646 pp. When asked at the end of his first term what he thought we should do with former presidents, Grover Cleveland agreed that shooting...
The Presidential Leadership Dilemma: Between the Constitution and a Political Party
The Presidential Leadership Dilemma: Between the Constitution and a Political Party. Edited by Julia R. Azari, Lara M. Brown, and Zim G. Nwokora. Albany: SUNY Press, 2013. 247 pp. The Presidential Leadership Dilemma's collection of new research...
The President's Legislative Policy Agenda, 1789-2002
The President's Legislative Policy Agenda, 1789-2002. By Jeffrey E. Cohen. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012. 302 pp. In The Presidents Legislative Policy Agenda, Jeffrey Cohen illustrates how a strategic president considers the congressional...
The Rise of Sunbelt Governors: Conservative Outsiders in the White House
In memory of Alan Rosenthal In How Governors Built the Modern American Presidency (Ambar 2012), I argued that progressive-era governors from the industrial Northeast played a critical role in transforming the character of the presidency. But my...
Tough Times for the President: Political Adversity and the Sources of Executive Power
Tough Times for the President: Political Adversity and the Sources of Executive Power. By Ryan J. Barilleaux and Jewerl Maxwell. New York: Cambria Press, 2012. 307 pp. Tough Times for the President is a fascinating, challenging, and important book....
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