Going Public: New Strategies of Presidential Leadership

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CQ Press, 1997 - Political Science - 276 pages
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In this new edition of his authoritative work, Samuel Kernell examines the increasingly frequent presidential practice of "going public" - appealing for support directly to the American public, often bypassing Congress. Updated to include timely analyses of the public strategies of President Clinton, who by most measurements has engaged in more public activities than any other president, the third edition carefully traces the history of this practice and explores the key political role played by the news media. Trends in presidential speeches, public appearances, and travel receive special attention as does the influence of public opinion. Kernell contends that the presidential practice of going public has fundamentally altered the relationship between the executive and legislative branches. He supports his argument with many examples of going public from recent presidencies.

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How Washington and Presidents Have Changed
The President and the Press
The Growth of Going Public

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Samuel Kernell is a Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of California, San Diego. He has also taught at the University of Mississippi and the University of Minnesota and has served as a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. Kernell received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. He has written numerous articles and books, including Strategy and Choice in Congressional Elections, 2nd edition (1983, with Gary C. Jacobsen); James Madison: The Theory and Practice of Republican Governance (2005); Going Public: New Strategies of Presidential Leadership, 4th edition (2006); and The Logic of American Politics, 6th edition (2014, with Gary C. Jacobsen, Thad Kousser, and Lynn Vavreck).

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