Presidential Legislative Activity: Using Quantifiable Measures to Explore Leadership in the American System

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Mai 2006



Presidential Legislative Activity explores the presidency and develops a typology that examines presidential activities. Using the Eisenhower, Johnson, and Nixon administrations, this book explores the nature of presidential behavior. This analysis includes such factors as presidential activity, travel, and the president's relationship with Congress as a whole and individual members.


Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Acknowledgements Chapter 3 Presidential Leadership Chapter 4 Power and Influence: Normative Studies of Power; Measures of Influence Chapter 5 Categorizing Legislative Activities: Type of Activity; Dimensions; Amount of Activity; Discussion of Type and Amount Chapter 6 Gathering the Data: Sources of Presidential Activity Data; Coding the Data Chapter 7 Coding the Data-Some Detailed Examples: Typical Coding; Persuasion; Inducement; Organization; Emphasis Chapter 8 Considerations of Validity and Reliability: Some Initial Notes on the Samples Chapter 9 Results I: Organization Over Time; Strategy and Legislative Experience; Cyclical Effects; Legislative Experience and Activity; Other Possibilities Chapter 10 Results II: Contact Data; Contact Data and the Case of Wilbur Mills; Contact Data Analysis; A Consideration for Future Exploration; Summary Chapter 11 Discussion: What Has Been Learned?; Presidential Leadership in the American System; The Bottom Line Chapter 12 "Quantitative Biography" and the Future: Cliometrics; Applying Cliometrics to Presidential Studies; The President and Future; Some Thoughts About Future Research; Some Hypotheses for the Future Chapter 13 Bibliography Chapter 14 About the Author Chapter 15 Index


Carl D. Cavalli holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science/Criminal Justice at North Georgia College and State University.


The political reporting corner that produced the rich material for Benedetto's book started in Buffalo with his coverage of George Wallace's 1968 presidential campaign and eventually brought him to Washington in 1982 to help launch the Gannett Company's USA Today and then serve as its White House and national political correspondent. Many of the vignettes that fill the book are drawn from the years in the White House covering President George H.W. Bush (with whom Benedetto jogged on occasion), Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush, and from his travels as a member of the White House press corps. -- Mike Brown U.S., Mayor This book presents new and promising evidence for presidential scholars. Students of the presidency have been limited by a shortage of useful indicators of presidential behavior. Cavalli aims to examine what presidents actually do day by day. He coded entries from daily presidential diaries from the Eisenhower, Johnson, and Nixon administrations, covering the first four months of three years from each administration's first term. With this new behavioral evidence, the author examines patterns of presidential contact and success with Congress... The author convincingly demonstrates that his evidence comports with earlier qualitative studies of the behavior of the presidents... this useful explanatory study opens a door to a new wealth of evidence about presidential behavior that presidential scholars should pursue.Summing up: RECOMMENDED. Graduate students, researchers, and faculty. -- S.E. Schier, Carleton College CHOICE
EAN: 9780761829492
ISBN: 0761829490
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Mai 2006
Seitenanzahl: 127 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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