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The Presidency and Domestic Policy Comparing Leadership Styles, FDR to Clinton by William W. Lammers, Michael A. Genovese

The Presidency and Domestic Policy Comparing Leadership Styles, FDR to Clinton



The Presidency and Domestic Policy Comparing Leadership Styles, FDR to Clinton by William W. Lammers, Michael A. Genovese

Each president brings to the White House a distinct set of personal characteristics and a preferred leadership style, but just how much have individual presidents shaped domestic policy? To understand and assess what factors determine one president's success and another's limited accomplishments, it is important to examine both the individual's leadership roles and the circumstances which shape their opportunities for success. This new book systematically examines the first terms of every president from Franklin Delano Roosevelt to William Jefferson Clinton and assesses the leadership style, the policy agenda, and the &BAD:quot;political opportunity&BAD:quot; of each. Each president's success in effecting landmark legislation and other policy change is measured and evaluated.William W. Lammers and Michael A. Genovese look at how different levels of opportunity affect leadership and how each president played the political hands he was dealt. By dividing presidents along opportunity lines, Lammers and Genovese assess how skillful each president was in the art of presidential leadership, what strategies and tactics they employed to achieve their goals, and the policy legacies left by each.

About the Author

William W. Lammers was Professor of Political Science at the University of Southern California. He was an authority on presidential politics and federal policies toward the aging, and he dedicated his research to American political processes and public policy formation. He was the author of Presidential Politics: Patterns and Prospects (1976) and Public Policy and the Aging (1983), as well as numerous other publications. Michael A. Genovese is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Institute for Leadership at Loyola Marymount University. He has written many books, including The Paradoxes of the American Presidency (1998) co-authored with Thomas E. Cronin, and the forthcoming A Splendid Misery: The Rise and Fall of Presidential Power (2000). He has won over a dozen university and national teaching awards and frequently appears as a political commentator on local and national television.

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Publication date

1st January 2000


William W. Lammers, Michael A. Genovese

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CQ Press an imprint of SAGE Publications Inc


383 pages


Political leaders & leadership



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