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  1. The Strategic President: Persuasion and Opportunity in Presidential Leadership
    The Strategic President: Persuasion and Opportunity in Presidential Leadership
    The Strategic President: Persuasion and Opportunity in Presidential Leadership
    The Strategic President: Persuasion and Opportunity in Presidential Leadership
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  2. The Strategic President: Persuasion and Opportunity in Presidential Leadership

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How do presidents lead? If presidential power is the power to persuade, why is there a lack of evidence of presidential persuasion? George Edwards, one of the leading scholars of the American presidency, skillfully uses this contradiction as a springboard to examine--and ultimately challenge--the dominant paradigm of presidential leadership. The Strategic President contends that presidents cannot create opportunities for change by persuading others to support their policies. Instead, successful presidents facilitate change by recognizing opportunities and fashioning strategies and tactics to exploit them.

Edwards considers three extraordinary presidents--Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Ronald Reagan--and shows that despite their considerable rhetorical skills, the public was unresponsive to their appeals for support. To achieve change, these leaders capitalized on existing public opinion. Edwards then explores the prospects for other presidents to do the same to advance their policies. Turning to Congress, he focuses first on the productive legislative periods of FDR, Lyndon Johnson, and Reagan, and finds that these presidents recognized especially favorable conditions for passing their agendas and effectively exploited these circumstances while they lasted. Edwards looks at presidents governing in less auspicious circumstances, and reveals that whatever successes these presidents enjoyed also resulted from the interplay of conditions and the presidents' skills at understanding and exploiting them.

The Strategic President revises the common assumptions of presidential scholarship and presents significant lessons for presidents' basic strategies of governance.

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We have this idea that presidents, by going public, can turn public opinion around and thereby get Congress to support policies they wouldn't otherwise. This author argues that there is enormous evidence the contrary. More than 60 years of polling (as well as biographical data) in the age of tv show that there is only one case where the president *might* have done this (Reagan's tax cut in 1981). Most of the time, all presidents can do is skillfully capitalize on an existing public consensus, not persuade the public otherwise. Edwards is thus a valuable counterpoint to Kernell. Edwards also disputes the idea that some presidents are better than others at arm-twisting members of Congress, showing that LBJ, the consummate insider, got more of what he wanted because he just had the numbers on his side. The book thereby offers a useful counterpoint to Neustadt as well.

The book is more readable than either Kernell or Neustadt and thus warrants a serious consideration for... Read more
A well written deconstruction of straw-person arguments no one was making. George absolutely destroys a type of scholarship that no one in rhetoric was producing.
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