In The Quest for Leadership, Meenekshi Bose, the Peter S. Kalikow Chair in Presidential Studies at Hofstra University and Director of Hofstra’s Peter S. Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency, stated that “Presidents are highly constrained in their ability to fulfill their campaign promises—they typically promise far more than they actually can deliver.”
Dr. Bose explores this further by comparing the initial policy making in the presidential administrations of Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Her study begins
“by examining the promises made by each candidate during their presidential campaigns for a signature domestic-policy issue. It then examines early agenda-setting and policy-making in each administration on that issue. While the focus is on the first year of each president’s two terms, the time period under study may be slightly more or less in specific cases, depending upon when the administration shifts focus from campaign promises to unexpected issues or crises, or the upcoming midterm congressional elections.”
The rest of Dr. Bose’s study is in The Quest for Leadership, edited by Michael A. Genovese. This new book also looks at other important aspects of leadership, including the successes and failures of US president, presidents as war-time leaders, public leadership, and the state of presidential leadership and authority. The book also reviews America’s standing as a world leader and reflects on American nationalism during World War II. Leadership in the judicial context, specifically chief justices, is also examined.
This book, inspired by the scholarship of eminent political scientist Thomas E. Cronin, was launched at the 2015 American Political Science Association (APSA) annual conference.
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