Finally, in Chapter 8, Russell Lightfoot and Scott Huffmon bring to light the importance of presidential nominations beyond those to the Supreme Court and cabinet. Specifically, Lightfoot and Huffmon examine nominations to the Federal Reserve Board, an institution that has tremendous power over the lives and fortunes of Americans but that has been generally overlooked by students of presidential power.
In Part III, the contributors turn to "New Political and Cultural Frontiers." In Chapter 9, Kevan M. Yenerall looks at the intensive attention given to cultural issues in the Clinton presidency. His chapter breaks new ground by systematically studying the presidency as a "cultural pulpit" from which chief executives expound on issues such as school uniforms, the family, and social relations among Americans. In Chapter 10, Mary E. Stuckey and Richard Morris argue that we can understand presidential rhetoric and power differently if we apply insights drawn from new perspectives. Specifically, they call upon Native American sources to provide an alternative conception of leadership than is usually found in political science. Finally, in Chapter 11, Pamela J. Van Zwaluwenburg applies techniques of systematic data analysis to the First Ladies of the United States, attempting to move beyond anecdotal and biographical treatments. Her research looks for evidence of factors affecting how individual First Ladies fulfill the various roles inherent in the status of being the president's spouse.
Each chapter contains recommendations for future research in the areas examined by these scholars. In the Afterword, I try to sketch out a research agenda for pushing farther out into the frontiers of the presidency. I make no claim that this volume is exhaustive. It takes on some issues that need more attention; certainly, others remain to be explored. To those readers who wonder why one topic or another has not been included, I respond simply, "Thanks for pointing that out. Now get to work."
When I began my career as a professional student of the presidency in 1980, 1 was attracted not only by the subject itself but also by the fact that there was plenty of work to be done in the field. As those of us studying the presidency compared ourselves to aspiring scholars of voting behavior or British politics, for example, we saw that we were getting in on the ground floor. There, were ample opportunities to carve out significant niches for ourselves in the scholarly community. Today, nearly two decades later, those opportunities still exist. As I hope this volume demonstrates, the frontier is not yet closed.