Presidential Rhetoric and the Public Agenda: Constructing the War on Drugs

Presidential Rhetoric and the Public Agenda: Constructing the War on Drugs

by Andrew B. Whitford, Jeff Yates
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801893461

ISBN-13: 9780801893469

Pub. Date: 09/11/2009

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

The bully pulpit is one of the modern president's most powerful tools—and one of the most elusive to measure. Presidential Rhetoric and the Public Agenda uses the war on drugs as a case study to explore whether and how a president's public statements affect the formation and carrying out of policy in the United States.

When in June 1971 President

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Overview

The bully pulpit is one of the modern president's most powerful tools—and one of the most elusive to measure. Presidential Rhetoric and the Public Agenda uses the war on drugs as a case study to explore whether and how a president's public statements affect the formation and carrying out of policy in the United States.

When in June 1971 President Richard M. Nixon initiated the modern war on drugs, he did so with rhetorical flourish and force, setting in motion a federal policy that has been largely followed for more than three decades. Using qualitative and quantitative measurements, Andrew B. Whitford and Jeff Yates examine presidential proclamations about battling illicit drug use and their effect on the enforcement of anti-drug laws at the national, state, and local level. They analyze specific pronouncements and the social and political contexts in which they are made; examine the relationship between presidential leadership in the war on drugs and the policy agenda of the Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Attorneys; and assess how closely a president's drug policy is implemented in local jurisdictions.

In evaluating the data, this sophisticated study of presidential leadership shows clearly that with careful consideration of issues and pronouncements a president can effectively harness the bully pulpit to drive policy.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801893469
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
09/11/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables

1 Presidential Leadership and Policy Construction 1

2 Presidential Rhetoric as Policy Leadership 11

3 A Presidential History of the War on Drugs 34

4 The Words of War: Political Rhetoric and the War on Drugs 74

5 Presidential Policy Leadership and Federal Enforcement: The Drug Enforcement Administration 95

6 For the People: The U.S. Attorneys and the Impact of Executive Signals on Prosecutorial Priorities 115

7 Taking It to the States: Testing the Limits of Presidential Influence and State Drug Enforcement 139

8 The Social Construction of Presidential Agenda-Setting 157

Appendix A Variables for Chapter 5 169

Appendix B Variables for Chapter 6 171

Appendix C Variables for Chapter 7 173

Appendix D Estimation Method 175

Notes 177

Bibliography 193

Index 209

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