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The politics presidents make : leadership from John Adams to Bill Clinton

Author: Stephen Skowronek
Publisher: Cambridge (Mass.) ; London : The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, cop. 1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : [New augmented edition]View all editions and formats

This study aims to demonstrate that presidents are persistent agents of change, continually disrupting and transforming the political landscape. The politics of the "third way" is also discussed in  Read more...


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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen Skowronek
ISBN: 0674689372 9780674689374
OCLC Number: 491190245
Notes: Autre(s) tirage(s) : 1998, 2003.
Description: 1 vol. (XVII-546 p.) : couv. ill. en coul. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Preface, 1997 I. PLACES IN HISTORY 1. Rethinking Presidential History 2. Power and Authority 3. Structure and Action II. RECURRENT AND EMERGENT PATTERNS 4. Jeffersonian Leadership: Patrician Prototypes Part One: Thomas Jefferson's Reconstruction Part Two: James Monroe's Articulation Part Three: John Quincy Adams's Disjunction 5. Jacksonian Leadership: Classic Forms Part One: Andrew Jackson's Reconstruction Part Two: James Polk's Articulation Part Three: Franklin Pierce's Disjunction 6. Republican Leadership: Stiffening Crosscurrents Part One: Abraham Lincoln's Reconstruction Part Two: Theodore Roosevelt's Articulation Part Three: Herbert Hoover's Disjunction 7. Liberal Leadership: Fraying Boundaries Part One: Franklin Roosevelt's Reconstruction Part Two: Lyndon Johnson's Articulation Part Three: Jimmy Carter's Disjunction III. THE WANING OF POLITICAL TIME 8. Reagan, Bush, and Beyond Afterward Notes Index
Responsibility: Stephen Skowronek.


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