Presidential Power and the Modern Presidents: The Politics of Leadership from Roosevelt to Reagan

Presidential Power and the Modern Presidents The Politics of Leadership from Roosevelt to Reagan Thirty years ago Richard Neustadt published Presidential Power which became a widely studied book on the theory and practice of presidential leadership Presidents themselves read it and assign it to

  • Title: Presidential Power and the Modern Presidents: The Politics of Leadership from Roosevelt to Reagan
  • Author: Richard E. Neustadt
  • ISBN: 9780029227961
  • Page: 328
  • Format: Paperback
  • Thirty years ago Richard Neustadt published Presidential Power, which became a widely studied book on the theory and practice of presidential leadership Presidents themselves read it and assign it to their staff for study, as did the intructors of hundreds of thousands of students of government Now Richard Neustadt re examines the theory of presidential power by testingThirty years ago Richard Neustadt published Presidential Power, which became a widely studied book on the theory and practice of presidential leadership Presidents themselves read it and assign it to their staff for study, as did the intructors of hundreds of thousands of students of government Now Richard Neustadt re examines the theory of presidential power by testing it against events and decisions in the administrations of the later modern presidents who followed FDR, Truman and Eisenhower To the original study of presidential power, Neustadt has added a series of chapters appraising the presidential styles and skills of John F Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, and Ronald Reagan in the light of his guiding belief that the President must consider the effect a decision will have on his prospects for the successful exercise of presidential power in the future.

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    • Brett says:

      Considered a foundational text in the study of presidents, but a book that sprinkles its bits of insight between long stretches of impenetrable prose. Neustadt actually served as a staff member for Truman's administration, and was a consultant for several later administrations, so he can mix his academic ideas with his practical experiences. However, he seems to want to equate the few examples on which he focuses with the totality of presidential decision making, and the sample feels much too sm [...]

    • Erik K says:

      "Presidential power is the power to persuade." - The most quoted and least understood phrase from the seminal book on the American Presidency, written by its best scholar. On paper, the presidency is weak; the Constitution gives it very few explicit powers: the power to veto, the power to nominate Supreme Court justices and executive branch personnel, and the hopelessly vague power to "take care that the laws be faithfully executed."Most writers who've pretended to read this book say the "power [...]

    • Dylan Groves says:

      being president is hard work, its dangerous when amateurs do it and don't take constraints on their power seriously

    • Tony Cavicchi says:

      Neustadt rejects institutional or physcological explanations for presidential performance in the core tenant of his book--"the President's power is his ability to persuade." At the beginning, he distinguishes between tactical power (how to quiet a Cabinet feud) versus strategic power (how does he improve his mastery of tomorrow, today).Neustadt also begins, writing in 1960, by acknowledging differences among presidents--including presidents' massive growth in power since FDR. "A striking feature [...]

    • Scott Pierce says:

      Classic study of presidential power. Maintains that for order to have force, the presidential involvement must be unambiguous, the orders must be unambiguous, the orders must be widely publicized, the receivers of the orders must have control, and there must be no doubt of authority.

    • Ben Hinkle says:

      Presidential Power is a bit of a slog if no one warns you what you're getting into. This is not meant to be a book about Constitutional law and the President's role in our governmental system. That's why no Con law classes assign this. It's also not really amazing as a history book, that's why no History classes assign this. It is, however, a great blueprint for how to accomplish what you need as a President. That's why Neustadt is required reading for almost every President's staffers since Neu [...]

    • Tom says:

      Neustadt is the gold standard for understanding the modern American presidency. His book, nonpartisan, simply examines the different fields of power presidents, from FDR to Ronald Reagan, can wield power and influence. He has some basic ideas, that he himself seems to admit may not be entirely possible or practical, but his examples are largely presidential failures like the Bay of Pigs or Iran-Contra. A few more positive examples, aside from the three he has, of his system working, even if unpr [...]

    • Rich says:

      This book's theories about the United States presidency are too general. He provides a few examples for his theories and then he provides a few exceptions. Presidential history is better suited for history than for politial science. I cannot stand how he lumps presidents' actions together as though every similar act apertains to a broad theory that speaks to how all presidents have made decisions. This also leads to a tremendous lack of narrative value. If he wants to talk about theories that bi [...]

    • stephanie says:

      probably THE book on executive power out there. seriously referenced in every other book on presidential power/growth/development/history, neustadt came up with the theories of the "modern" president, as well as the "imperial presidency", which, if you ever have read anything poli sci that has to do with the president, has probably referenced those ideas. turns out the "modern" president is actually a really specific idea in poli sci . . . and that's thanks to this book. parts of it are outdated [...]

    • Bill says:

      A grueling book to get through but fascinating in its detail and analysis of why Presidents succeed and fail in achieving their objectives. I found particularly insightful the section on the hazards accruing from the transition period right before a new President takes office. Even a "successful" (i.e. well-managed) transition can cause problems down the road, which was somewhat of a surprise to me.

    • Kathy Elrick says:

      It's a presidential timeline outlining what presidents can really do (command) in their role. The format is a constructed narrative of several examples per chapter/argument, and I'm getting to the point of how presidents persuade, and what that means for policy

    • Steven Peterson says:

      What is the power of the president? To persuade, says Neustadt. This is an important work on the presidency and the power associated with that position. A classic.

    • Marian says:

      **I actually own the 1964 edition, titled "Presidential Power: The Politics of Leadership"** 7th edition.

    • Luke says:

      This is the definitive text on the Presidency in American pol sci.

    • Dominic says:

      Supposedly your supposed to read this if your into PoliSci

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