Presidential Power: Forging the Presidency for the 21st Century

November 15-16, 1996
New York, NY

Sponsored by the Academy of Political Science, Columbia University's Department of Political Science, and other major organizations.

Five panels examined the performance issues that confront the presidency. The panels, each featuring two papers by junior scholars, were divided into the following topic areas:

  • The President in the Political System
  • Presidents as Persuaders
  • The Personalization of Power
  • Organizing the Presidency
  • The Potential for Presidential Leadership

Chaired by senior scholars, discussion sessions supplemented issues raised by the panelists.

Additionally, there was a dinner that included a discussion by public officials and reporters, and a luncheon at which Richard Neustadt spoke. The year 1996 was the 35th anniversary of the publication of Neustadt's major work, Presidential Power.

THE PRESIDENCY IN THE POLITICAL SYSTEM

Facilitator:
Jeffrey Tulis
University of Texas at Austin

The President and the Executive Branch: Lessons From the Reagan Years
Marissa Golden
The University of Pennsylvania

Political Time Reconsidered: Presidential Power and Policy Coalitions
Robert C. Lieberman
Columbia University

Discussant:
Fred I. Greenstein
Princeton University

PRESIDENTS AS PERSUADERS

Facilitator:
George C. Edwards, III
Bush Center for the Study of the Presidency, Texas A&M

President, Vetoes, and Bargaining
Charles Cameron
Columbia University

The Timing of Presidential Speeches: Can the President Be an Effective Teacher?
Renee Smith
University of Rochester

Discussants:
Bruce Miroff
State University of New York

Terry Sullivan
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

THE PERSONALIZATION OF POWER

Facilitator:
Lyn Ragsdale
University of Arizona

The Institutionalization of Power
Ken Mayer
University of Wisconsin at Madison

Tom Weko
University of Puget Sound

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

Thomas Preston
Washington State University

Discussants:
Larry Berman
University of California at Davis

Karen Hult
Virginia Polytech Institute

ORGANIZING THE PRESIDENCY

Facilitator:
Bert Rockman
University of Pittsburgh

Organizing the Presidency
Matt Dickinson, Harvard University

The Presidential Kaleidoscope: Advisory Networks in Action
Michael Link, University of South Carolina

Discussants:
John Burke
University of Vermont

Terry Moe
Stanford University

THE POTENTIAL FOR LEADERSHIP

Facilitator:
Mark Peterson
University of Pittsburgh

Presidential Polling and the Transformation of Public Thought
Diane Heith
Brown University

The Limits of the Transformational Presidency
Russell Riley
University of Pennsylvania

Discussants:
Betty Glad
University of South Carolina

Theda Skocpol
Harvard University

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