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

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Harvard University Press, 1993 - Political Science - 546 pages
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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.

 

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

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Skworonek's prose has certainly improved and his ideas are solid. His sins are what you would expect: shoe-horning presidents into categories, not discussing presidents from Johnson to McKinley, the ... Read full review

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

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This was the only book from the poli-sci side of my college major that I've ever subsequently referred back to and the only one that has had ongoing predictive power. Everyone should read it and think ... Read full review

Contents

Rethinking Presidential History
3
Power and Authority
17
Structure and Action
33
RECURRENT AND EMERGENT PATTERNS
59
Classic Forms
129
Stiffening Crosscurrents
197
Fraying Boundaries
287
THE WANING OF POLITICAL TIME
407
Afterword
447
Notes
467
Index
535
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Stephen Skowronek is Pelatiah Perit Professor of Political and Social Science at Yale University. He is the author of Building a New American State: The Expansion of National Administrative Capacities, 1877-1920.

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