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Richard Neustadt's seminal work Presidential Power: The Politics of Leadership has endured for nearly four decades as the core of academic study of the American presidency. Now, building on and challenging many of the arguments in Neustadt's work, Presidential Power: Forging the Presidency for the Twenty-first Century offers reflections and implications from what we have learned about presidential power as the new century dawns.

These essays -- including a new contribution by Neustadt himself -- forge a solid reexamination of Neustadt's Presidential Power that address questions raised but not resolved by his work. A notable aspect of this volume's analysis is the transformed institution of the presidency in the wake of the impeachment hearings of the country's last twentieth-century president, Bill Clinton. From the portrayal of presidents as persuaders to the politics of presidential transitions, each of the constituent essays in this volume provides an engaging look at the state of the American presidency.

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American Political Science Review

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Critically examines ideas posed by Richard Neustadt's , a classic published in 1960. New research presented here does not simply extend Neustadt's analysis, but questions and challenges it as well. Identifies challenges facing presidents of the new century, and analyzes the changing character of presidential power and influence, the institution of the presidency, and the president in the political system. Earlier versions of chapters were first presented as papers at a November 1996 conference. Shapiro teaches political science at Columbia University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Robert Y. Shapiro is a professor of political science at Columbia University. He is coauthor of The Rational Public: Fifty Years of Trends in Americans'Policy Preferences (with Benjamin I. Page) and Politicians Don't Pander (with Lawrence R. Jacobs).Martha Joynt Kumar is a professor of political science at Towson State University. She is coauthor of Portraying the Presidency and author of Wired for Sound and Pictures (forthcoming).Lawrence R. Jacobs is an associate professor of political science at the University of Minnesota. He is author of The Health of Nations: Public Opinion and the Making of American and British Health Policy and coauthor of Politicians Don't Pander.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Presidential Power, by by Robert Y. Shapiro, Martha Joynt Kumar, and Lawrence R. JacobsPart 1. Richard Neustadt's Presidential Power and American Political Science 2. Neustadt's Power Approach to the Presidency, by by George Edwards3. Richard Neustadt in the History of American Political Science, by by John GunnellPart 2. Presidents as Persuaders and the Personalization of Power 4. Personal Power and Presidents, by by Lyn Ragsdale5. Bargaining and Presidential Power, by by Charles M. Cameron6. The Timing of Presidential Speeches: Can the President be an Effective Teacher?, by by Renee M. Smith7. The President's Inner Circle: Personality and Leadership Style in Foreign Policy Decision Making, by by Thomas PrestonPart 3. Organizing and Institutionalizing the Presidency 8. Staffing and Organizing the Presidency, by by Bert Rockman9. The Institutionalization of Power, by by Kenneth R. Mayer and Thomas J. Wecko10. Staffing the White House 1937-1996: The Institutional Implications of Neustadt's Bargaining Paradigm, by by Matthew J. Dickinson11. The Presidential Kaleidoscope: Advisory Networks in Action, by by Michael W. LinkPart 4. The President in the Political System 12. The President in the Political System -- In Neustadt's Shadow, by by Jeffery K. Tulis13. Political Time and Policy Coalitions: Structure and Agency in Presidential Power, by by Robert C. Lieberman14. The Institutional Face of Presidential Power: Congressional Delegation of Authority to the President, by by David Epstein and Sharyn O'Halloran15. Hitting the Ground Running: The Politics of Presidential Appointments in Transition, by by Nolan McCarty and Rose RazaghianPart 5. The Potential for Leadership 16. Presidential Power and the Potential for Leadership, by by Mark Peterson17. Presidential Polling and the Potential for Leadership, by by Diane Heith18. The President as Message and Messenger: Personal Style and Presidential Communications, by by Martha Joynt Kumar19. The Limits of the Transformational Presidency, by by Russell RileyPart 6. Conclusion: Forging the Presidency for the 21st Century 20. A Preachment from Retirement, by by Richard E. Neustadt21. The Impeachment of Bill Clinton: A Preface, by by Natasha Hritzuk22. The "Hard Case" for Presidential Power and Impeachment: Impeachment Politics and Law, by by Richard M. Pious23. Conclusion: Institutions, Democracy, and Presidential Power, by by Lawrence R. Jacobs and Robert Y. ShapiroIndex

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