The Politics Presidents Make: Leadership from John Adams to Bill Clinton, Revised Edition

Stephen Skowronek Alexander Hamilton JohnAdams Thomas Jefferson Abraham Lincoln Theodore Roosevelt Herbert Hoover Franklin D. Roosevelt


The Politics Presidents Make: Leadership from John Adams to Bill Clinton, Revised Edition

The Politics Presidents Make: Leadership from John Adams to Bill Clinton, Revised Edition

  • Title: The Politics Presidents Make: Leadership from John Adams to Bill Clinton, Revised Edition
  • Author: Stephen Skowronek Alexander Hamilton JohnAdams Thomas Jefferson Abraham Lincoln Theodore Roosevelt Herbert Hoover Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • ISBN: 9780674689374
  • Page: 307
  • Format: Paperback



Stephen Skowronek s wholly innovative study demonstrates that presidents are persistent agents of change, continually disrupting and transforming the political landscape In an afterword to this new edition, the author examines third way leadership as it has been practiced by Bill Clinton and others These leaders are neither great repudiators nor orthodox innovators ThStephen Skowronek s wholly innovative study demonstrates that presidents are persistent agents of change, continually disrupting and transforming the political landscape In an afterword to this new edition, the author examines third way leadership as it has been practiced by Bill Clinton and others These leaders are neither great repudiators nor orthodox innovators They challenge received political categories, mix seemingly antithetical doctrines, and often take their opponents issues as their own As the 1996 election confirmed, third way leadership has great electoral appeal The question is whether Clinton in his second term will escape the convulsive end so often associated with the type.


Recent Comments "The Politics Presidents Make: Leadership from John Adams to Bill Clinton, Revised Edition"

The Power of the Presidency Political scholars have long debated the precise boundaries of presidential authority and responsibility. Are presidents’ forceful agents of change, or are they subjects to the conditions of their institutional environments? In The Politics Presidents Make, Stephen Skowronek comes down forcefully on the side of the former, describing the executive office as an instrument of political disruption and organization. Presidents have the seismic power to reorder, alter, a [...]

A very interesting book which attempts to describe cycles in the American Presidency based on cultural, social, and political changes in America.

Details a very useful categorization scheme for analyzing the challenges and outcomes of U.S. Presidential administrations in the context of overarching political themes across eras. Specifically, Skowronek sees Presidents Jefferson, Jackson, Lincoln, Roosevelt, and Reagan as "reconstructive" in the sense of establishing a new model of presidential politics in the wake of the "disjunction" of their immediate predecessors and the concomitant discrediting of the former ideological era. He further [...]

This is a great book that makes explicit a sort of vague feeling that many people that follow politics have about our political culture. Essentially, it seems as though we are moving through multi-decade cycles where a particular paradigm rules until it is thoroughly exhausted and is replaced by a new paradigm. Most recently, this question has been asked with the election of President Obama in 2008--are we coming to the end of the decades of conservative dominance of our politics that began with [...]

Skworonek's prose has certainly improved and his ideas are solid. His sins are what you would expect: shoe-horning presidents into categories, not discussing presidents from Johnson to McKinley, the failure to explain in clear language the president's declining political powers and rising administrative powers, and his false optimistic conclusion similar to that in Building a New American State. Yet I do think he has seen clearly the overall pattern of presidential leadership, making this an ori [...]

A brilliant thesis on the cyclical development of Constitutional Law through the prism of the Presidency. There are some gaps - i.e. what happened between the Lincolnian/Republican post Civil War cycle and the New Deal -- and you're left trying to piece together some continuation of the pattern through the George W. Bush and Barak Obama presidencies. But overall, this is an amazing read for any Constitutional enthusiast or American historian.

This was the only book from the poli-sci side of my college major that I've ever subsequently referred back to and the only one that has had ongoing predictive power. Everyone should read it and think through its lessons for whom to support in future elections. It tells you a lot about who can run effectively, when, and how. Seriously, check it out.

Another book from the ol' syllabus that I never got around to reading.

This study of the American presidency will take everything you assume about the nature of presidential power and punch it in its unexamined face.


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