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Unformatted text preview: Module III: The Elements of Module III: The Elements of Presidential Leadership Presidential Leadership Lecture 8: Bargaining and Lecture 8: Bargaining and “Going Public” as Presidential “Going Public” as Presidential Styles of Congressional Styles of Congressional Leadership Leadership Personal Personal Politics Politics and and Presidential Presidential Influence Influence The Kennedy Mystique as an The Kennedy Mystique as an Informal Political Resource Informal Political Resource Personal Politics and Personal Politics and Presidential Influence Presidential Influence • Presidential popularity is a political currency presidents can spend on the things they really want – A bargaining chip with exchange value LBJ on the LBJ on the telephone telephone with with Jacqueline Jacqueline Kennedy, Kennedy, 12/2/63 12/2/63 The Informal Sources of The Informal Sources of Presidential Influence Presidential Influence • To Ted Koppel the question was: – What does this crass, cynical, manipulative behavior tell us about the personality personality of LBJ? • An alternative interpretation An alternative interpretation : – What does this episode tell us about the office of the office of the president the president ? • The limited formal advantages presidents have to influence the congressional policy process • The need to supplement formal powers with informal advantages • The mismatch between presidential responsibilities and presidential power The Informal Sources of The Informal Sources of Presidential Influence Presidential Influence Leadership as the Endless Search Leadership as the Endless Search for Bargaining Advantages for Bargaining Advantages • Richard Neustadt – Presidential Power: The Politics of Leadership (1960) Leadership as the Endless Search Leadership as the Endless Search for Bargaining Advantages for Bargaining Advantages • Richard Neustadt – Presidential Power: The Politics of Leadership (1960) • A realist’s view of politics (power politics) Leadership as the Endless Search Leadership as the Endless Search for Bargaining Advantages for Bargaining Advantages • Richard Neustadt – Presidential Power: The Politics of Leadership (1960) • A realist’s view of politics (power politics) • A Machiavellian-like manual on the building and maintenance of personal influence Leadership as the Endless Search Leadership as the Endless Search for Bargaining Advantages for Bargaining Advantages • Richard Neustadt – Presidential Power: The Politics of Leadership (1960) • A realist’s view of politics (power politics) • A Machiavellian-like manual on the building and maintenance of personal influence – Recognize where your personal advantages lay – Use your advantages well – Make the presidential office work for you Leadership as the Endless Search Leadership as the Endless Search for Bargaining Advantages for Bargaining Advantages • A President can’t rely on constitutional powers alone – Constitutionally speaking, all presidents are weak Leadership as the Endless Search...
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