Researching the Presidency: Vital Questions, New Approaches / Edition 1

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This collection brings together two groups of scholars. The first, persons active in presidential research, assess the state of the literature in the recruitment and selection of presidential candidates, presidential personality, advisory networks, policy making, evaluations of presidents, and comparative analysis of chief executives.

A second group of scholars, specialists in cognitive psychology, formal theory, organization theory, leadership theory, institutionalism, and methodology, apply their expertise to the analysis of the presidentcy in an effort to generate innovative approaches to presidential research. By taking a fresh look at a well-established field, these groundbreaking essays encourage scholars to renew their emphasis on explanation in research.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Probably the best book ever written on the subject—an instant classic."
—David Canon, University of Wisconsin

"It will be a standard part of the literature, both as a reference work, and as a set of perspectives and approaches."
—John Kingdon, University of Michigan

“It will be of great value to scholars in the field. Graduate students preparing for Ph.D. examinations will find it absolutely essential.”
—Norman C. Thomas

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822954941
  • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1993
  • Series: Political Science Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

George C. Edwards III is Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for Presidential Studies at Texas A&M University.

John H. Kessel is Professor of Political Science at Ohio State University.

Bert Rockman is University Professor of Political Science and Research Professor in the University Center for International Studies at the University of Pittsburgh.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 3
Pt. I Assessments
1 Presidential Selection 23
2 Presidential Personality and Leadership Style 69
3 Advising the President 111
4 Presidential Policy Making 161
Pt. II Approaches
5 Studying Presidential Leadership 203
6 Cognitive Theory and the Presidency 233
7 Organization Theory and the Presidency 267
8 Formal Theory and the Presidency 289
9 Presidents, Institutions, and Theory 337
10 The Methodology of Presidential Research 387
Pt. III Comparisons
11 Foundations of Power 415
12 Evaluating Presidents 453
Conclusion 485
Notes on Contributors 493
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