George Bush's critics charge the president with paying undue attention to opinion polls, focusing on symbol rather than substance, and allowing the nation to drift at a time that loudly demands leadership. In response, Mr. Bush's defenders applaud him for his prudence in the face of international instability, his resolution in the face of Iraqi aggression, and his realistic approach to national problems. Each chapter of Leadership and the Bush Presidency addresses these issues with specific regard to the upcoming presidential election, the potential for governance in a second term, and the legacy of the Bush presidency for future presidents.
Leadership and the Bush Presidency offers the most comprehensive coverage of the Bush presidency to date. It includes chapters by the nation's foremost political scientists on leadership, executive branch relations, Congress, federalism, public opinion, the Republican Party, conservatives, domestic and foreign policy, and civil rights. This important book should appeal to the general reader seeking information about Bush's approach to the presidency and the conduct of his first term in office; to scholars interested in leadership and the contemporary presidency; to students seeking better understanding of the chief executive office in our times; and to libraries with collections in American politics and history.
About the Author
RYAN J. BARILLEAUX is Associate Professor of Political Science at Miami University, Ohio. He has authored several books on the presidency, including The President and Foreign Affairs (Praeger, 1985), The Post-Modern Presidency (Praeger, 1988), and The President as World Leader (1991).
MARY E. STUCKEY is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Mississippi. She is the author of Getting Into the Game: The Pre-Presidential Rhetoric of Ronald Reagan (Praeger, 1989), Playing the Game: The Presidential Rhetoric of Ronald Reagan (Praeger, 1990), and The President as Interpreter-in-Chief (1991).
Table of Contents
Is President Bush a Leader?
George Bush and the Changing Context of Presidential Leadership by Ryan J. Barilleaux
Governance as Political Theater: George Bush and the MTV Presidency by Mary E. Stuckey and Frederick J. Antczak
The Bush Presidency in the Government
George Bush and the Executive Branch by Janet M. Martin
George Bush and Congress: The Question of Leadership by Gary Lee Malecha and Daniel J. Reagan
George Bush and Inertial Federalism by John W. Winkle III
The Bush Presidency in American Politics
A Man for All Seasons? The Guardian President
and His Public by Henry C. Kenski
The National Chairman Becomes President: George Bush as Party Leader by Harold F. Bass, Jr.
"Poppy" and His Conservative Passengers by Matthew C. Moen and Kenneth T. Palmer
Prudence and/or Policy Leadership
The Home Front: Domestic Policy in the Bush Years by Robert J.Thompson and Carmine Scavo
Is Prudence a Policy? George Bush and the World by Daniel P. Franklin and Robert Shepard
Kinder, Gentler? George Bush and Civil Rights by Augustus J. Jones, Jr.
Into the Twenty-First Century
Presidential Power and Accountability after Reagan by Norman C. Thomas