From Substance to Symbol: Head Start and the Change from Modern to Postmodern Presidents
40 Pages Posted: 13 Aug 2009 Last revised: 3 Sep 2009
Date Written: September 5, 2009
This paper examines several trends in presidential politics during the 1960s and early 1970s that together indicate a significant change in the way presidents engage public policy. By comparing the actions of the Johnson and Nixon administrations on Project Head Start, we see the emergence of an approach to public policy leadership that sees public policy as less a function of substantive achievement than a mechanism to pursue larger political objectives of presidents.
Keywords: Presidential leadership, Head Start, postmodern presidency, policy leadership
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