Beyond Persuasion: Organizational Efficiency and Presidential Power

Beyond Persuasion: Organizational Efficiency and Presidential Power

by Matthew Robert Kerbel
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791406938

ISBN-13: 9780791406939

Pub. Date: 09/01/1991

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Beyond Persuasion is the first systematic, multi-administration study of presidential power and influence. Moving beyond Richard Neustadt’s Presidential Power, this book offers a model of presidential power that incorporates personal bargaining effectiveness with the structural imperative of efficient White House organization. Drawing upon a systematic analysis

Overview

Beyond Persuasion is the first systematic, multi-administration study of presidential power and influence. Moving beyond Richard Neustadt’s Presidential Power, this book offers a model of presidential power that incorporates personal bargaining effectiveness with the structural imperative of efficient White House organization. Drawing upon a systematic analysis of presidents from Johnson to Reagan, Kerbel finds common patterns of organizational structure and bargaining behavior in their successful domestic policy initiatives. The path to power is detailed through comparative insights on the Carter and Reagan administrations, which prove to be remarkably similar in critical respects despite popular perceptions to the contrary. Kerbel then considers the relative importance of presidential behavior to contextual factors beyond the president’s control, offering insight into the way changes in economic and political conditions have hampered or improved recent presidential efforts, despite presidential attempts to organize and persuade. Analysis includes the first year of the Bush administration, and the possibilities for power in the contemporary presidency are discussed.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791406939
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
09/01/1991
Series:
SUNY series on the Presidency: Contemporary Issues Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
214

Table of Contents

List of Figures

List of Tables

Foreword

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1. The President and the Rabbit

2. Policy Outcomes: Power and Context

3. Bargaining as Persuasion

4. Domination as Persuasion

5. Organizational Efficiency

6. Access and Other Resources

7. Power and Context

8. Possibilities for Power

Postscript: Applying the Model: The Bush Drug Plan

Appendix A: Intercoder Reliability

Appendix B: Coding

Appendix C: Cases of Success and Failure

Notes

Select Bibliography

Index

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