Summary: Challenging the widespread notion that presidential power rests in the power to persuade, The Strategic President argues that presidents cannot create opportunities for change by persuading the public, Congress, and others to support their policies, Instead, successful presidents, including Abraham/Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Lyndon Johnson, and Ronald Reagan, facilitate change by recognizing opportunities and fashioning strategies and tactics to exploit them. George Edwards show ...show mores that these leaders capitalized on existing public and congressional opinion to achieve policy change. Edwards's findings present significant lessons for our understanding of the presidency and for presidents' basic strategies of governance. Book jacket. ...show lessEdition/Copyright: 09
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