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The president as leader
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Boston : Pearson Education, c2012
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viii, 307 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.


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By analyzing the leadership skills of five recent American presidents, this book seeks to de-mystify the elements and dynamics of effective presidential leadership which our democracy has come to depend upon and value. Building on the pioneering work of political scientist Fred Greenstein and others, this book argues that leadership in the White House can be explained and assessed by using a consistent set of criteria to analyze presidential performance. Siegel shows that presidential leadership is exercised by real, flawed human beings, and not by superheroes or philosopher-kings beyond the reach of scrutiny or critique.

Author Notes

Michael Siegelis a Senior Training Specialist in the Division of Education, The Federal Judicial Center, Washington, D.C.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vi
Chapter 1 Introduction: The Presidency from the Beginningp. 1
The Evolution of the Presidencyp. 5
The Limits of Presidential Powerp. 8
How Can Presidents Lead Effectively?p. 11
Policy (Vision)p. 13
Politics (Strategy, Political Savvy)p. 16
Structure (Management)p. 19
Process (Decision Making)p. 21
Chapter 2 Richard Nixon, Watergate, and the Transformation of the Presidencyp. 24
Chapter 3 The Presidency of James Earl Carterp. 48
Early Lifep. 49
Political Careerp. 50
Policyp. 54
Politicsp. 58
Structurep. 65
Processp. 69
Summing Upp. 70
Chapter 4 The Presidency of Ronald Reaganp. 73
Early Lifep. 75
Political Careerp. 77
Policyp. 81
Politicsp. 87
Structurep. 95
Processp. 97
The Second Termp. 99
Summing Upp. 106
Chapter 5 The Presidency of George H.W. Bushp. 109
Early Lifep. 110
Political Careerp. 111
Policyp. 119
Politicsp. 128
Structurep. 140
Processp. 143
Summing Upp. 144
Chapter 6 The Presidency of William Jefferson Clintonp. 147
Early Lifep. 148
Political Careerp. 154
Policyp. 166
Politicsp. 173
Structurep. 189
Processp. 192
1996 Presidential Electionp. 193
The Second Termp. 195
Summing Upp. 202
Chapter 7 The Presidency of George W. Bushp. 205
Early Lifep. 206
Political Careerp. 207
Policyp. 219
Politicsp. 229
Structurep. 244
Processp. 251
The 2004 Electionp. 252
The Second Termp. 255
Financial Crisis Aid: Bush Administrative Responsep. 257
Summing Upp. 265
Chapter 8 Conclusionp. 269
Policy: Vision/Purposep. 270
Politics: Strategy/Executionp. 275
Structure: Managementp. 279
Process: Decision Makingp. 282
Indexp. 293