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
Date posted: August 1, 2013
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