Persuasion is Not Power

George C. Edwards

Texas A&M University

July 31, 2013

APSA 2013 Annual Meeting Paper
American Political Science Association 2013 Annual Meeting

After briefly reviewing the theory and evidence regarding the impact of presidential persuasion, I provide an alternative view of presidential leadership as facilitating change. Next, I analyze current issues to show that the different orientations lead us to ask different questions about the president’s leadership efforts and to arrive at different conclusions about their consequences. Finally, I suggest avenues for studying leadership without persuasion that will enhance the prospects of our making progress in understanding presidential power.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 47

Keywords: president, leadership, public opinion, Congress

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Date posted: August 1, 2013  

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Edwards, George C., Persuasion is Not Power (July 31, 2013). APSA 2013 Annual Meeting Paper; American Political Science Association 2013 Annual Meeting. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2300401

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Texas A&M University ( email )
College Station, TX 77843
United States
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