AUTHORS' NOTE: The authors thank Greg Annunziato for his help in gathering data and George Edwards and the anonymous reviewers for their help in improving the article.
Sex, Lies, and Presidential Leadership: Interpretations of the Office
Article first published online: 16 FEB 2004
Presidential Studies Quarterly
Volume 30, Issue 3, pages 514–533, September 2000
How to Cite
STUCKEY, M. E. and WABSHALL, S. (2000), Sex, Lies, and Presidential Leadership: Interpretations of the Office. Presidential Studies Quarterly, 30: 514–533. doi: 10.1111/j.0360-4918.2000.00126.x
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- Article first published online: 16 FEB 2004
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