Publisher: Texas A & M University Press
Weight: 703 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
"Recent research has described how broadly difficult it is for presidents to lead public opinion and thereby push through government policy changes they seek. Marshalling a comprehensive set of data and reporting new archival evidence, The Provisional Pulpit is an impressive piece of scholarship, that shows more precisely than previous work--in percentage point terms--how strikingly limited presidents are in their efforts to gain further public support for their specific proposals. Presidents and their advisors need to be reminded of the difficulties they will encounter if they try to do too much (especially during their first year in office), if they do not devote sustained attention around the country to the most important issues on their agenda, if they neglect to use opportunities for major national televised addresses, and if they do not do all of this while the president is still sufficiently popular. In these respects, The Provisional Pulpit is a major contribution."--Robert Shapiro, department of political science, Columbia University--Bob Shapiro
"Overall, the aptly titled The Provisional Pulpit provides essential modifications to the emerging conventional wisdom that presidents are simply unable to reliably lead public opinion. The book is an accessible and essential contribution to the study of presidential leadership."--Jeffrey S. Peake, Presidential Studies Quarterly-- (08/21/2012)
"Brandon Rottinghaus has produced an interesting and important study of presidential leadership and public opinion. His study aims to uncover the factors that facilitate successful presidential leadership of public opinion, and he finds that presidents are most likely to succeed when they are already popular, when they give the issue in question considerable attention, and when there are few countervailing forces inhibiting such persuasion. The study relies on both statistical and archival data, and as such makes both methodological and substantive contributions to the field of presidential leadership and public opinion."--Mary E. Stuckey, professor of communication and political science, Georgia State University--Mary E. Stuckey "Professor of Communication and Political Science, Georgia State University "
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