Presidential Power and the Modern Presidents: The Politics of Leadership from Roosevelt to Reagan

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Simon and Schuster, 1991 - History - 371 pages
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Thirty years ago Richard Neustadt published Presidential Power, which became a widely studied book on the theory and practice of presidential leadership. Presidents themselves read it and assign it to their staff for study, as did the intructors of hundreds of thousands of students of government. Now Richard Neustadt re-examines the theory of presidential power by testing it against events and decisions in the administrations of the later modern presidents who followed FDR, Truman and Eisenhower. To the original study of presidential power, Neustadt has added a series of chapters appraising the presidential styles and skills of John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, and Ronald Reagan in the light of his guiding belief that the President must consider the effect a decision will have on his prospects for the successful exercise of presidential power in the future.
 

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Twenty-nine years ago Neustadt wrote Presidential Power ( LJ 6/1/61), a classic on the modern American presidency. This is the fourth revised edition of that work, in which his thesis continues to be ... Read full review

Contents

Leader or Clerk?
3
Three Cases of Command
10
The Power to Persuade
29
Professional Reputation
50
Public Prestige
73
Two Matters of Choice
91
Men in Office
128
The Sixties Come Next
152
Appraising a President
167
Reappraising Power
183
Hazards of Transition
230
A Matter of Detail
269
Two Cases of SelfHelp
295
Notes
319
Index
363
Copyright

Later Reflections
165

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Richard E. Neustadt is Douglas Dillon Professor of Government Emeritus at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. For three decades an advisor to presidents, their aides, and to members of the cabinet, he is also the author with Ernest R. May of Thinking in Time: The Uses of History for Decision Makers (The Free Press, 1986).

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