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. 3, September

All Knowledge Is Not Created Equal: Knowledge Effects and the 2012 Presidential Debates
Decades of research have confirmed that debates increase viewer knowledge about the issue stands of the candidates (e.g., Benoit, Hansen, and Verser 2003). However, the conditions under which viewers learn are less well understood. In this article,...
All the Great Prizes: The Life of John Hay from Lincoln to Roosevelt
All the Great Prizes: The Life of John Hay from Lincoln to Roosevelt. By John Taliaferro. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2013. 673 pp. It is not clear whether or not the young John Hay, an office secretary busy with envelopes and ink working for...
Arsenal of Democracy: The Politics of National Security from World War II to the War on Terrorism
Arsenal of Democracy: The Politics of National Security from World War II to the War on Terrorism. By Julian E. Zelizer. New York: Basic Books, 2010. 583 pp. Taking its title from Franklin Roosevelt's December 1940 radio address to the American...
Assessing the 2012 U.S. Presidential Election
Like all but three presidents since the end of the Second World War, Barack Obama was reelected in 2012. (1) Obama triumphed over Republican challenger Mitt Romney by 332-206 in the Electoral College and by 51 to 47% in the national popular vote. Obama...
Candidate Character Traits in the 2012 Presidential Election
President Barack Obama's reelection prospects looked shaky in early 2012. His approval rating in January was just 47%; the economic recovery from the Great Recession was erratic and uncertain; and his signature legislative accomplishment, the Affordable...
Companions in Crisis: Johnson, Nixon, and the Historiography of Presidencies in Turmoil
A Companion to Lyndon B. Johnson. Edited by Mitchell B. Lerner. West Sussex, UK: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, 2012. 604 pp. A Companion to Richard M. Nixon. Edited by Melvin Small. West Sussex, UK: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, 2011. 630 pp. The...
Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War
Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War. By Robert M. Gates. Alfred A. Knopf, 2014. 618 pp. Memoirs from public officials typically are most instructive in presenting one person's perspective on key events during the time of service and less helpful...
Following the Money: Super PACs and the 2012 Presidential Nomination
Among the novel events and frequently discussed features of the 2012 presidential election, none is more obvious or, perhaps, more relevant to the state of the U.S. democracy than the ubiquity of money. Money has long played a role in presidential...
Momentum and Media in the 2012 Republican Presidential Nomination
Mitt Romney's ascent to the Republican nomination could be described as either an inevitable or a dubious run to a short finish line. By the end of the preprimary period, he led national polls, and he had raised more money and earned more endorsements...
Obama's America: A Transformative Vision of Our National Identity
Obama's America: A Transformative Vision of Our National Identity. By Ian Reifowitz. Washington, DC: Potomac Books, 2012. 251 pp. Ian Reifowitz's Obama's America is a thorough and carefully expounded study of President Barack Obama, inclusiveness,...
Proxy Models and Nowcasting: U.S. Presidential Elections in the Future
Election forecasting as a field of political science has come of age, doing so with a roar during the 2012 U.S. presidential election contest. The more established approaches are digging deep, while the less established approaches are giving them a...
Reagan on War: A Reappraisal of the Weinberger Doctrine, 1980-1984
Reagan on War: A Reappraisal of the Weinberger Doctrine, 1980-1984. By Gail E. S. Yoshitani. College Station: Texas A & M University Press, 2012. 250 pp. On November 28, 1984, Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger spoke before the National...
The 2012 Iowa Republican Caucus and Its Effects on the Presidential Nomination Contest
The Iowa caucuses became the leadoff presidential nominating event essentially by accident in 1972, and they have been institutionalized to the point where it is hard to imagine the nominating race starting anywhere else. Once again in 2012 the voting...
The 2012 Presidential Campaign: A Communication Perspective
The 2012 Presidential Campaign: A Communication Perspective. Edited by Robert E. Denton, Jr. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2014. 202 pp. In his preface to The 2012 Presidential Campaign, Robert E. Denton reflects that he has edited a book...
The Contemporary Presidency: Reconsidering Presidential Policy Czars
October 2013 was not a great time to be on the health care reform team in the Obama White House. The rollout for healthcare.gov--the web site that had been set up for the federal insurance exchange mandated by the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable...
The Law: Jerusalem Passport Case: Judicial Error and the Expansion of the President's Recognition Power
The dramatic growth in presidential power in foreign affairs and national security, spurred by 75 years of judicial decisions that find little support in the Constitution, took another leap when the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals, in...
The Law of the Executive Branch: Presidential Power
The Law of the Executive Branch: Presidential Power. By Louis Fisher. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014. 458 pp. Louis Fisher is one of the country's greatest experts in the constitutional law and politics of Congress and the presidency. For...
The Wartime President: Executive Influence and the Nationalizing Politics of Threat
The Wartime President: Executive Influence and the Nationalizing Politics of Threat. By William G. Howell, Saul P. Jackman, and Jon C. Rogowski. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013. 344 pp. "War made the state," Charles Tilly famously declaimed;...
Why We Fight: Congress and the Politics of World War II
Why We Fight: Congress and the Politics of World War II. By Nancy Beck Young. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2013. 376 pp. Nancy Beck Young departs from her previous works as a biographer to pen this in-depth examination of Congress and how...
Winning with a Bad Economy
The outcome of the 2012 presidential election was a letdown not just for Mitt Romney, FOX News, and numerous election forecasters, but also for proponents of economic voting. Incumbents are supposed to lose, not win reelection when economic times are...
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