President and His Inner Circle Leadership Style and the Advisory Process in Foreign Policy Making

ISBN-10: 0231116217

ISBN-13: 9780231116213

Edition: 2001

Authors: Thomas Preston
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Description: Few would argue that presidential policies and performance would have been the same whether John F. Kennedy or Richard Nixon became president in 1960, or if Jimmy Carter instead of Ronald Reagan had won the White House in 1980. Indeed, in recent elections, the character, prior policy experience, or personalities of candidates have played an increasing role in our assessments of their "fit" for the Oval Office. Further, these same characteristics are often used to explain an administration's success or failure in policy making. Obviously, who the president is -- and what he is like -- matters. This book, a new approach to the study of the personal presidency, links the characteristics of six modern American presidents -- their personalities and their prior policy-making experience -- to their leadership styles, advisory arrangements, and decision making in the White House. Thomas Preston uses M. G. Hermann's Personality Assessment-at-a-Distance (PAD) profiling technique, as well as exhaustive archival research and interviews with former advisors, to develop a leadership style typology. He then compares his model's expectations against the actual policy record of six past presidents, using foreign policy episodes: Korea (1950) for Truman, Dien Bien Phu (1954) for Eisenhower, Cuba (1962) for Kennedy, Vietnam (1967-68) for Johnson, the Gulf War (1990-91) for Bush, and North Korea/Haiti/Bosnia (1994-95) for Clinton.

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List price: $34.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 2/14/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Understanding the Mosaic of Presidential Personality and Leadership Styles
Presidential Personality and Leadership Style
Harry S. Truman and the Korean War
Dwight D. Eisenhower and Dien Bien Phu
John F. Kennedy and the Cuban Missile Crisis
Lyndon B. Johnson and the Partial Bombing Halt in Vietnam, 1967-1968
George Bush and the Gulf War
"A Bridge to the Twenty-first Century": The Leadership Style of Bill Clinton
Presidential Personality and the Grand Mosaic of Leadership
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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