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. 45, No. 1, March

"An Empire of Ideals": The Chimeric Imagination of Ronald Reagan
"An Empire of Ideals": The Chimeric Imagination of Ronald Reagan. By Justin D. Garrison. New York: Routledge, 2013. 237 pp. In An Empire of Ideals, Justin D. Garrison presents a study of Ronald Reagan's presidency with a specific focus on the role...
"Captive of a Scientific-Technological Elite": Eisenhower and the Nuclear Test Ban
Those assessing Dwight D. Eisenhower's presidential legacy often consider his farewell address's warning about the unwarranted influence of the "military-industrial complex." On the recent occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of Eisenhower's most famous...
How Presidents Shape Their Party's Reputation and Prospects: New Evidence
This article reports research undertaken as part of a larger project examining how postwar U.S. presidents have affected their party's popular standing and reputation over both the short and long run. The guiding idea behind the project was spelled...
Jefferson and the Burr Conspiracy: Executive Power against the Law
Jefferson's reputation as constitutional guardian rests in large part on drafting the Declaration of Independence and articulating the values of individual rights, liberty, free exercise of religion, self-rule, and the need for checks on government...
Leviathan's Reach? the Impact of Political Consultants on the Outcomes of the 2012 Republican Presidential Primaries and Caucuses
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney's presidential campaign spent $37.5 million (1) between January 1, 2011, and June 30, 2012, on the services of professional political consulting firms to help win the Republican Party's presidential nomination....
Reassessing the Assumptions Behind the Evolution of Popular Presidential Communication
Scholars broadly agree that there was an important evolution in popular presidential communication during the eighteen and early nineteenth centuries. However, the causes behind the increased frequency of spoken presidential rhetoric are the subject...
Shifting Currents: Dwight Eisenhower and the Dynamic of Presidential Opportunity Structure
In May 1960 President Dwight Eisenhower looked forward to a summit meeting with the Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev and the leaders of France and Great Britain that held great promise for moving beyond the hostility of the Cold War to a new era of...
Still Liking Ike
Abolishing the Taboo: Dwight D. Eisenhower and American Nuclear Doctrine, 1945-1961. By Brian Madison Jones. Solihul, UK: Helion, 2011. 172 pp. Brothers, Rivals, Victors: Eisenhower, Patton, Bradley and the Partnership That Drove the Allied Conquest...
Stretching the 2001 AUMF: A History of Two Presidencies
In a hasty response to the 9/11 attacks, Congress authorized a military conflict with al-Qaeda. The statute, known as the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF), was meant to be a temporary grant of powers to the president to fight...
The Diplomatic Education of Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1882-1933
The Diplomatic Education of Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1882-1933. By Graham Cross. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. 217 pp. Graham Cross focuses on the development of Franklin D. Roosevelt's (FDR's) internationalism prior to his presidency, arguing...
The Faiths of the Postwar Presidents: From Truman to Obama
The Faiths of the Postwar Presidents: From Truman to Obama. By David L. Holmes. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2012. 396 pp. In the latest installment of the George H. Shriver Lectures in Religion and American History, the distinguished historian...
The Great American Scaffold: Intertextuality and Identity in American Presidential Discourse
The Great American Scaffold: Intertextuality and Identity in American Presidential Discourse. By Frank Austermuhl. Amsterdam: Johns Benjamin Publishing, 2014. 338 pp. Presidents plagiarize and paraphrase. They cannot help themselves. As the office...
The Illustrated Four Freedoms: FDR, Rockwell, and the Margins of the Rhetorical Presidency
Mr. Lasswell laid especial emphasis upon the Four Freedoms.... He even suggested means to make them more than rhetorical devices. --Leonard Doob (1942, 8) On October 17, 2012, a moving dedication ceremony took place on the southern tip of New...
The Social Media President: Barack Obama and the Politics of Digital Engagement
The Social Media President: Barack Obama and the Politics of Digital Engagement. By James E. Katz, Michael Barris, and Anshul Jain. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. 215 pp. The Social Media President takes readers on a technological journey into...
Who Is Responsible, the Incumbent or the Former President? Motivated Reasoning in Responsibility Attributions
The recovery from the 2008 recession consisted of four years of high unemployment and low economic growth in the run-up to the 2012 presidential election. Incumbents can generally interpret such negative economic conditions as dire warning signs of...
William Howard Taft: The Travails of a Progressive Conservative
William Howard Taft: The Travails of a Progressive Conservative. By Jonathan Lurie. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012. 214 pp. William Howard Taft has not fared well with historians. Surveys of scholars uniformly have graded him "average"...
Woodrow Wilson and World War I: A Burden Too Great to Bear
Woodrow Wilson and World War I: A Burden Too Great to Bear. By Richard Striner. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2014. 290 pp. Richard Striner considers Woodrow Wilson the worst wartime president ever to straddle a pot. Striner has previously...
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