Notes on power - Power to persuade a presidents ability to convince Congress other political actors and the public to cooperate with the administrations

Notes on power - Power to persuade a presidents ability to...

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Power to persuade : a president’s ability to convince Congress, other political actors, and the public to cooperate with the administration’s agenda. Presidents use their “presidential personality” to persuade. Presidential politics, cont’d. Going public : president’s strategy of appealing to the public on an issue, expecting that public pressure will be brought to bear on other political actors Relying on popularity ratings Control over information Using material resources with political value Prestige of the office Working with Congress—directly Shared powers and conflicting policy goals Different constituencies and politics Use of legislative liaison Partisanship and divided government Better success when the president’s political party controls Congress
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Unformatted text preview: – Hyperpartisanship and party polarization can have drastic negative effects • Presidential character • James David Barber classifies presidents on two dimensions: their energy level (passive or active) and their orientation toward life (positive or negative) • Classifying presidential personality – Expectation that knowing about presidential personalities will help explain or predict presidential behavior • Barber’s typology of presidential character • Presidential character, cont’d. • Presidential style : image projected by the president that represents how he would like to be perceived at home and abroad – Used by presidents to differentiate themselves from other presidents – Public perceives differences in these traits...
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  • Fall '14
  • Jergens
  • President of the United States, presidential character, presidential personality

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