Persuasion is Not Power
47 Pages Posted: 1 Aug 2013
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
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