Personality and Politics Obama for and Against Himself

ISBN-10: 1608716945
ISBN-13: 9781608716944
Edition: 2012 (Revised)
Authors: Stephen J. Wayne
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Description: Renowned presidential scholar Stephen Wayne takes a close look at the interplay of personal character, partisan politics, and public opinion on presidential decision-making. In this systematic study of President Obama's character, Wayne considers  More...

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List price: $31.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: CQ Press
Publication date: 3/15/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Renowned presidential scholar Stephen Wayne takes a close look at the interplay of personal character, partisan politics, and public opinion on presidential decision-making. In this systematic study of President Obama's character, Wayne considers how Obama's policy beliefs and operating style fueled his meteoric success as a candidate, but have had a decidedly mixed impact on his governance as president. Arguing that character matters, Wayne shows that Obama's personal dimensions both contribute and detract from his policy achieve-ments and political goals.Taking into account the environment in which President Obama took office, the book looks at how he has dealt with burdens, such as the troubled economy, the polarized political climate, and the public's mistrust of government. He sets the study of Obama within the larger literature on presidential character and explores the broader questions surrounding presidential leadership in a democratic society-whether presidents lead or follow public opinion, the extent to which leadership skills make a difference, and the kind of policy and political impact presidents can have in the twenty-first century.

Stephen J. Wayne is a well-known author and lecturer on the American presidency and electoral politics. A professor of government at Georgetown University since 1988 and a Washington-based "insider" for more than 40 years, Wayne has written or edited 12 books and authored over 100 articles, chapters, and reviews that have appeared in professional journals, scholarly compilations, newspapers, and magazines. At Georgetown, Wayne teaches courses on the presidency, elections, and psychology and politics. Wayne is frequently quoted by White House journalists and regularly appears on television and radio news shows. He lectures widely at home and abroad to international visitors, college students, federal executives, and business leaders. He has testified before Congress on the subject of presidential elections and governance and before Democratic and Republican party advisory committees on the presidential nomination processes. He participated in transition projects for the National Academy of Public Administration and the Presidency Research Group.

Boxes, Figures, and Tables
Preface
Presidential Character: An Introduction
A Disciplinary Dilemma
Character and Its Derivatives
Organization of the Book
Character Development
Race and Roots
Ambition and Politics
Adaptation and Approval
Ego Checks and Guilt
Summary
Basic Beliefs
Commonality as a Value
Church and Community
Government and Society
Progressive Pragmatism
Summary
Operating Style
Cognition
Decision Making
Organization
Communication
Conciliation
Summary
Character-Based Tensions
Idealism Versus Pragmatism
Direction Versus Delegation
Vision Versus Compromise
Rationality Versus Empathy
Boldness Versus Caution
Summary
Political Impediments
Transitioning from Campaigning to Governing
The Limits of Presidential Power
Public Attitudes toward Government
Summary
Leadership Dilemmas in a Democracy
Obama' s Theory of Democratic Leadership
The Bully Pulpit and Its Limits
Obama's Practice of Democratic Leadership
Summary
The Interaction of Personality and Politics: Three Case Studies
Stimulating the Economy
Reforming Health Care
Winning the War in Afghanistan
Summary
Bibliography
Index

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