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The Politics Presidents Make

Leadership from John Adams to Bill Clinton, Revised Edition

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PAPERBACK

$34.50 • £27.95 • €31.00

ISBN 9780674689374

Publication Date: 03/25/1997

Short

576 pages

6-3/8 x 9-1/4 inches

3 tables

Belknap Press

World

Stephen Skowronek’s wholly innovative study demonstrates that presidents are persistent agents of change, continually disrupting and transforming the political landscape. In an afterword to this new edition, the author examines “third way” leadership as it has been practiced by Bill Clinton and others. These leaders are neither great repudiators nor orthodox innovators. They challenge received political categories, mix seemingly antithetical doctrines, and often take their opponents’ issues as their own.

Awards & Accolades

  • 1994 J. David Greenstone Book Prize, Politics and History Section of the American Political Science Association
  • 1994 Richard E. Neustadt Best Book Award, Presidents and Executive Politics Section of the American Political Science Association
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