The Post-Heroic Presidency: Leveraged Leadership in an Age of Limits, 2nd Edition

The Post-Heroic Presidency: Leveraged Leadership in an Age of Limits, 2nd Edition

by Michael A. Genovese, Todd L. Belt

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The Post-Heroic Presidency: Leveraged Leadership in an Age of Limits, 2nd Edition by Michael A. Genovese, Todd L. Belt

This book examines how presidents from Nixon to Obama have faced the challenges of global leadership in a dramatically changing world—one with more limited resources and an increasing number of threatening challengers.

• Examines what challenges future U.S. presidents will have to deal with in our globalized world

• Addresses the important question of what role can and should the United States play in the international arena

• Explains why the office of president—once seen as one of the great engines of American power—now exhibits decline in presidential success and appears handcuffed and ineffective in creating change

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440837043
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 06/30/2016
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 302
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Michael A. Genovese, PhD, holds the Loyola Chair of Leadership Studies, is professor of political science, and is director of the Institute for Leadership Studies and president of the World Policy Institute at Loyola Marymount University.

Todd L. Belt, PhD, is professor of political science at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments ix

Chapter 1 The Presidency and the Rise and Fall(?) of American Hegemony 1

Chapter 2 Richard M. Nixon Confronts the Early Stages of Decline 37

Chapter 3 Jimmy Carter Attempts to Reconcile U.S. Power to an Age of Limits 79

Chapter 4 Ronald Reagan Attacks the Age of Limits 105

Chapter 5 George H. W. Bush: Leveraged Leadership 131

Chapter 6 Bill Clinton Muddles Through 153

Chapter 7 George W. Bush: Crushed by the Age of Limits 173

Chapter 8 Barack Obama: Challenged at Home and Abroad 191

Chapter 9 Conclusion: Leveraged Leadership in a Post-Heroic Age 211

Notes 223

Bibliography 261

Index 293

What People are Saying About This

James P. Pfiffner

"In this insightful analysis, Genovese and Belt explain how the last seven presidents exercised presidential power within the constraints of a globalized world. They propose a sophisticated and realistic foundation upon which future presidents must base American foreign policy in a world undergoing increasingly disruptive change. Anyone interested in the exercise of presidential power in the international arena will benefit from reading this book."

Bruce Buchanan

"All geopolitical empires eventually decline. Nevertheless, a not-as-dominant U.S. might still use a more collegial brand of leadership to guide a Western alliance badly in need of a viable strategy for remaining an effective counterweight to ‘a rising China and an intemperate Russia.' So argue Michael Genovese and Todd Belt in this sweepingly ambitious, thoroughly sourced, and well-written new book. The change agents will be future American presidents. By operating in ‘post-heroic' mode, they can use ‘leveraged leadership' to accommodate new power-sharing realities in ways that most recent presidents, bent on sustaining or restoring U.S. dominance, could not. This book adds useful historical grounding and a vision of the future to the debate about the potential role of the U.S. and its presidents in a still-emerging world order."

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