The Paradoxes of the American Presidency

The Paradoxes of the American Presidency

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What, exactly, do Americans want from their president? A strong, innovative leader or someone who simply follows the will of the people? A president who insists on the ideals of his party or someone who builds bipartisan support? A president who exercises power forcefully or someone who establishes consensus before doing anything? The answer, according to is that Americans want the president to be a leader and a follower, partisan and bipartisan, innovative and conservative. For example, Americans expect their presidents to provide visionary leadership, and yet at the same time to be ever-sensitive to public opinion polls. They want a president with the power to solve the nation's problems, yet they are inherently suspicious of centralized leadership and the abuse of more

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  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 156.5 x 233.4 x 22.4mm | 585.75g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0195116933
  • 9780195116939

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"The scholarship throughout is first-rate....The authors are to be commended for this outstanding accomplishment. They have summarized a massive literature, added their own considerable insights, and top things off with a sparkling style of writing."--Loch Johnson, University of Georgiashow more

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