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Whose Presidency Is This Anyhow?

Hugh Heclo

in The Oxford Handbook of the American Presidency

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780199238859
Published online May 2010 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199238859.003.0033

Series: Oxford Handbooks of American Politics

 Whose Presidency Is This Anyhow?

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This article starts by discussing the growth of presidential studies. The modern presidency that was said to be represented by FDR did not generate the growth of presidential studies. There were also more substantive concerns driving the growth of presidential studies. The three currents of research are described. The first scholarly current focuses on a president's personal influence. The second strand of mainstream emphasizes presidential unilateralism. A third research current has emphasized the contingent relationship of presidential leadership to the array of political forces in different time periods. ‘Formality’ that has not been corrupted into formalism is a mark of respect. As research on the presidency has grown exponentially, the performance of presidents has, if anything, deteriorated.

Keywords: presidential studies; presidency; American president; personal influence; presidential unilateralism; presidential leadership; formalism

Article.  12356 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; US Politics ; Political Institutions

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