Persuasion is Not Power

47 Pages Posted: 1 Aug 2013  

George C. Edwards

Texas A&M University

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Date Written: July 31, 2013


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.

Keywords: president, leadership, public opinion, Congress

Suggested Citation

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:

George C. Edwards (Contact Author)

Texas A&M University ( email )

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