The Art of Political Leadership: Essays in Honor of Fred I. Greenstein

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2006 - Political Science - 276 pages
Fred Greenstein has been a paragon of scholarship and practical advice in his many years of work on the presidency. Here, some of the leading scholars of the presidency and leadership studies come together to pay tribute to Greenstein and his work. Original essays reflect the broad sweep of Greenstein's scholarship from the systematic study of personality and politics to the analysis of chief executives from Woodrow Wilson on. The essayists pay special attention to the political styles, advisory systems, and decision-making processes of presidents from the 1920s to today. In his studies of the American presidency, Greenstein pioneered the use of archival documents to test hypotheses and illuminate issues that bear on the performance of the modern executive office. The distinguished list of contributors to this volume include John Burke, Robert A. Dahl, Alexander and Juliette George, Betty Glad, Alonzo Hamby, Erwin Hargrove, John Kessel, Anthony King, Kenneth Kitts, J. Donald Moon, and Fred Greenstein's first and last graduate students at Princeton--Larry Berman and Meena Bose. Greenstein himself generously writes a new essay on 'Plumbing the Presidential Psyche, ' adding to his substantial contributions to political psychology.

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Contents

Reflections on Human Nature and Politics From Genes to Political Institutions
3
Plumbing the Presidential Psyche Building on Neustadt and Barber
17
What Makes a Great President? An Analysis of Leadership Qualities in Fred I Greensteins The Presidential Difference
27
Transitions to the Presidency Do Leadership Styles Make a Difference?
45
Democratic Leadership and Political Ethics Reflections on the HiddenHand Presidency
65
PRESIDENTS PERSONALITY AND POLITICS
91
The Impact of Personality on Public Functioning The Case of Woodrow Wilson
93
McGoverns October Surprise Almost
142
George Ball and Robert McNamara Protagonists over Vietnam
162
Sidestepping the Hawks Eisenhower the Solarium Study and the Hungarian Crisis of 1956
184
COMPARATIVE LEADERSHIP
209
Leadership Charisma and Political Cultures in the Great Depression Adolf Hitler Franklin Roosevelt and Stanley Baldwin
211
The Outsider as Political Leader The Case of Margaret Thatcher
236
Fred I Greensteins Contributions to the Study of the Presidency
259
About the Contributors
273
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Larry Berman is professor of political science at the University of California, Davis.

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