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The Politics Presidents Make: Leadership from John Adams to Bill Clinton

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Edition:
Reprint
ISBN13:

9780674689374

ISBN10:
0674689372
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
3/25/1997
Publisher(s):
Harvard Univ Pr
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Summary

Stephen Skowronek's wholly innovative study demonstrates that presidents are persistent agents of change, continually disrupting and transforming the political landscape. In an afterword to this new edition, the author examines "third way" leadership as it has been practiced by Bill Clinton and others. These leaders are neither great repudiators nor orthodox innovators. They challenge received political categories, mix seemingly antithetical doctrines, and often take their opponents' issues as their own. As the 1996 election confirmed, third way leadership has great electoral appeal. The question is whether Clinton in his second term will escape the convulsive end so often associated with the type.

Table of Contents

Preface, 1997 xi
I. PLACES IN HISTORY 1(58)
1 Rethinking Presidential History
3(14)
2 Power and Authority
17(16)
3 Structure and Action
33(26)
II. RECURRENT AND EMERGENT PATTERNS 59(348)
4 Jeffersonian Leadership: Patrician Prototypes
61(68)
Part One: Thomas Jefferson's Reconstruction
62(24)
Part Two: James Monroe's Articulation
86(24)
Part Three: John Quincy Adams's Disjunction
110(19)
5 Jacksonian Leadership: Classic Forms
129(68)
Part One: Andrew Jackson's Reconstruction
130(25)
Part Two: James Polk's Articulation
155(22)
Part Three: Franklin Pierce's Disjunction
177(20)
6 Republican Leadership: Stiffening Crosscurrents
197(90)
Part One: Abraham Lincoln's Reconstruction
198(30)
Part Two: Theodore Roosevelt's Articulation
228(32)
Part Three: Herbert Hoover's Disjunction
260(27)
7 Liberal Leadership: Fraying Boundaries
287(120)
Part One: Franklin Roosevelt's Reconstruction
288(37)
Part Two: Lyndon Johnson's Articulation
325(36)
Part Three: Jimmy Carter's Disjunction
361(46)
III. THE WANING OF POLITICAL TIME 407(40)
8 Reagan, Bush, and Beyond
409(38)
Afterword 447(20)
Notes 467(68)
Index 535


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