On Deaf Ears: The Limits of the Bully Pulpit / Edition 1

On Deaf Ears: The Limits of the Bully Pulpit / Edition 1

by George C. Edwards III
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300115814

ISBN-13: 9780300115819

Pub. Date: 04/11/2006

Publisher: Yale University Press


The typical legislative strategy for recent presidents has been to move Congress by winning public support.  George Edwards analyzes hundreds of public opinion polls and finds that this strategy usually fails.  He explains why presidents are frequently unable to move public opinion and suggests they use other means to achieve legislative success.

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The typical legislative strategy for recent presidents has been to move Congress by winning public support.  George Edwards analyzes hundreds of public opinion polls and finds that this strategy usually fails.  He explains why presidents are frequently unable to move public opinion and suggests they use other means to achieve legislative success.

"That presidents use the ‘bully pulpit’ to exert influence in Washington is a truism of American Politics. What Edwards finds in this remarkable book is that the truism isn’t true, that presidents—even those at the top of their form—persistently fail to move public sentiment in preferred directions."—James A. Stimson, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

"Every serious scholar and student of American politics should read this book."—Robert Y. Shapiro, Columbia University

 "Edwards has done it again!  A bold, direct, convincing challenge to 30 years of literature."-Richard E. Neustadt, author of Presidential Power

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300115819
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
04/11/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Pt. IMoving the Public
1The Permanent: Why Does the Present Go Public?3
2Presidential Persuasion: Does the Public Respond? Part I24
3Presidential Persuasion: Does the Public Respond? Part II - Ronald Reagan49
Pt. IIThe Messenger
4Charisma and Personality: Does the Messenger Matter?79
5The Politics of Veneration: Do the People Defer?107
Pt. IIIThe Message
6Disseminating the Message: Can the President Focus the Public's Attention?127
7Framing the Message: Can the President Structure Choice?156
Pt. IVThe Audience
8Receiving the Message: Is Anyone Listening?187
9Accepting the Message: Can the President Overcome Predispositions?218
Pt. VConclusion
10Going Public in Perspective: What Should the President Do?241
Notes255
Index295

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