Presidential Power and the Research Agenda


  • Richard E. Neustadt

    1. Douglas Dillon Professor of Government, emeritus, in the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. His published works include Presidential Power, for which he received the Woodrow Wilson Award from the American Political Science Association. His other publications include Alliance Politics, Thinking in Time, The Swine Flu Affair, Report to JFK, and Preparing to Be President.
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Presidential Power (1990 edition) contains a pkthora of propositions which ought to be tested against the best evidence that archives in the burgeoning array of presidential libraries provide. More importantly, those also are sources for testing hypotheses in contemporary theories. Theoreticians and historically minded researchers ought to get together and divide up the work. There's lots to do. Incidentally, they might agree on terms of art in presidential studies.