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February 1993
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Researching the Presidency
Vital Questions, New Approaches
Edwards III, George, Kessel, John , Rockman, Bert
This collection views the recruitment and selection of presidential candidates, presidential personality, advisory networks, policy making, evaluations of presidents, and comparative analysis of chief executives. Additionally, specialists in cognitive psychology, formal theory, organization theory, leadership theory, institutionalism, and methodology, apply their expertise to the analysis of the presidentcy to generate innovative approaches to presidential research.

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George C. Edwards III III is Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for Presidential Studies at Texas A&M University.
John H. Kessel is Professor of Political Science at Ohio State University.
Bert Rockman is University Professor of Political Science and Research Professor in the University Center for International Studies at the University of Pittsburgh.
“It will be of great value to scholars in the field. Graduate students preparing for Ph.D. examinations will find it absolutely essential.”—Norman C. Thomas

"Probably the best book ever written on the subject--an instant classic." --David Canon, University of Wisconsin

"It will be a standard part of the literature, both as a reference work, and as a set of perspectives and approaches." --John Kingdon, University of Michigan

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This collection brings together two groups of scholars. The first, persons active in presidential research, assess the state of the literature in the recruitment and selection of presidential candidates, presidential personality, advisory networks, policy making, evaluations of presidents, and comparative analysis of chief executives. A second group of scholars, specialists in cognitive psychology, formal theory, organization theory, leadership theory, institutionalism, and methodology, apply their expertise to the analysis of the presidentcy in an effort to generate innovative approaches to presidential research. By taking a fresh look at a well-established field, these groundbreaking essays encourage scholars to renew their emphasis on explanation in research.
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