Decision-making in the White House

The Olive Branch Or the Arrows

Author: Theodore C. Sorensen,John F. Kennedy

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231136471

Category: Political Science

Page: 94

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"This book is based on the Gino Speranza Lectures for 1963, delivered at Columbia University on April 18 and May 9, 1963"--P. [vii].

Decision-making in the White House

The Olive Branch Or the Arrows

Author: Theodore C. Sorensen

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Political Science

Page: 94

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This book provides a rare view of the most important and far-reading function of Presidential leadership, a detailed account of the making of decisions, from agreement on the facts to final choice to provision for execution, by the one man who can never choose as an individual, but always as a President.

Presidential Decision Making

The Economic Policy Board

Author: Roger B. Porter

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521271127

Category: Political Science

Page: 280

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Describes and evaluates three Economic Policy Board decisions under the Ford administration to show how channels of advice influence presidential actions

Against the President

Dissent and Decision-making in the White House : a Historical Perspective

Author: Mark J. White

Publisher: Ivan R Dee

ISBN: 9781566637442

Category: History

Page: 370

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"With a historian's insight, Mr. White explores the arguments of Harry Hopkins and Joseph Davies to Truman on the knotty postwar problem of Poland; of Henry Wallace on relations with Russia during the same administration; of Charles Wilson on the origins of the Vietnam War under Eisenhower; of Adlai Stevenson on Cuba during the Kennedy years; and of George Ball on Vietnam under Lyndon Johnson." "Altogether Mr. White fashions a provocative interpretation of America's role in the cold war and a number of questions about the potential effectiveness of policies that might have been. The relevance of his findings to today's situation in Iraq, and to the absence of dissent on official policy within the Bush administration, need scarcely be more apparent."--Jacket.

Good Advice

Information and Policy Making in the White House

Author: Daniel E. Ponder

Publisher: Texas A&M University Press

ISBN: 9781603447126

Category: Electronic books

Page: 258

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The U.S. president has to make difficult, important, and very public decisions every day. We don't expect one person to be an expert in all the areas in which the president has to make decisions. So how do presidents do it? They rely on their staffs to give information and advice. "Good Advice" is a systematic study of Jimmy Carter's reign and those who advised him. Daniel E. Ponder discusses the president's policies, the advisors behind each, and how much of that advice ultimately became incorporated into the president's official proposals. The book's central thesis is that although presidents have tended to centralize policy-making authority in the White House staff, the dynamics of staff participation and consequent policy success vary from issue to issue, consistent with a theoretical framework Ponder calls staff shift. Ponder further analyzes how presidents decide whose advice to take and whose to ignore and the politics behind those decisions. Ponder examines each of the three major roles of staff advisory--policy directors, facilitators, and monitors--and discusses a "successful" and unsuccessful policy in each. He focuses on the six policy areas of education, youth employment, welfare reform, energy, national health insurance, and civil service reform. Ponder draws from myriad theoretical and methodological traditions to construct a sophisticated foundation upon which his analysis builds. His development of theoretical insights, backed with exhaustive documentation, contribute to a deeper understanding of the nature of the presidency in its organizational and institutional environments. For those interested in presidential studies and American politics, this innovative study takes you into the Oval Office as it explains the process from information- and advice-giving to policy making in the presidency.

Presidential Judgment

Foreign Policy Decision Making and the White House

Author: Aaron Lobel

Publisher: Puritan Press

ISBN: 9781884186110

Category: Political Science

Page: 115

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Fear

Trump in the White House

Author: Bob Woodward

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1471181316

Category: Political Science

Page: 448

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THE INSIDE STORY ON PRESIDENT TRUMP, AS ONLY BOB WOODWARD CAN TELL IT. 'Fear depicts a White House awash in dysfunction, where the Lord of the Flies is the closest thing to an owner's manual.' The Guardian With authoritative reporting honed through eight presidencies from Nixon to Obama, author Bob Woodward reveals in unprecedented detail the harrowing life inside President Donald Trump’s White House and precisely how he makes decisions on major foreign and domestic policies. Woodward draws from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files and documents. The focus is on the explosive debates and the decision-making in the Oval Office, the Situation Room, Air Force One and the White House residence. Fear is the most intimate portrait of a sitting president ever published during the president’s first years in office.

Presidents in Crisis

Tough Decisions inside the White House from Truman to Obama

Author: Michael K. Bohn

Publisher: Skyhorse

ISBN: 1628724757

Category: Political Science

Page: 368

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Every American president, when faced with a crisis, longs to take bold and decisive action. When American lives or vital interests are at stake, the public?and especially the news media and political opponents?expect aggressive leadership. But, contrary to the dramatizations of Hollywood, rarely does a president have that option. In Presidents in Crisis, a former director of the Situation Room takes the reader inside the White House during seventeen grave international emergencies handled by the presidents from Truman to Obama: from North Korea’s invasion of South Korea to the revolutions of the Arab Spring, and from the thirteen days of the Cuban Missile Crisis to the taking of American diplomats hostage in Iran and George W. Bush’s response to the attacks of September 11, 2001. In narratives that convey the drama of unfolding events and the stakes of confrontation when a misstep can mean catastrophe, he walks us step by step through each crisis. Laying out the key players and personalities and the moral and political calculations that the leaders have had to make, he provides a fascinating insider’s look at modern presidential decision making and the fundamental role in it of human frailty. Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Arcade imprint, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in history—books about World War II, the Third Reich, Hitler and his henchmen, the JFK assassination, conspiracies, the American Civil War, the American Revolution, gladiators, Vikings, ancient Rome, medieval times, the old West, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

White House Studies Compendium

Author: Robert W. Watson

Publisher: Nova Publishers

ISBN: 9781600215339

Category: History

Page: 449

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The American presidency has become one of the most powerful offices in the world with the ascendancy of American power in the 20th century. This Compendium brings together piercing analyses of the American presidency -- dealing with both current issues and historical events. The compendia are the bound issues of 'White House Studies' with the addition of a comprehensive subject index as well as rearranged.

The President and His Inner Circle

Leadership Style and the Advisory Process in Foreign Affairs

Author: Thomas Preston

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231116206

Category: Political Science

Page: 347

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Few would argue that presidential policies and performance would have been the same whether John F. Kennedy or Richard Nixon became president in 1960, or if Jimmy Carter instead of Ronald Reagan had won the White House in 1980. Indeed, in recent elections, the character, prior policy experience, or personalities of candidates have played an increasing role in our assessments of their "fit" for the Oval Office. Further, these same characteristics are often used to explain an administration's success or failure in policy making. Obviously, who the president is--and what he is like--matters. This book, a new approach to the study of the personal presidency, links the characteristics of six modern American presidents--their personalities and their prior policy-making experience--to their leadership styles, advisory arrangements, and decision making in the White House. Thomas Preston uses M. G. Hermann's Personality Assessment-at-a-Distance (PAD) profiling technique, as well as exhaustive archival research and interviews with former advisors, to develop a leadership style typology. He then compares his model's expectations against the actual policy record of six past presidents, using foreign policy episodes: Korea (1950) for Truman, Dien Bien Phu (1954) for Eisenhower, Cuba (1962) for Kennedy, Vietnam (1967-68) for Johnson, the Gulf War (1990-91) for Bush, and North Korea/Haiti/Bosnia (1994-95) for Clinton.

The Gatekeepers

How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency

Author: Chris Whipple

Publisher: Crown Books

ISBN: 0804138249

Category: Political Science

Page: 365

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"What do Dick Cheney and Rahm Emanuel have in common? Aside from polarizing personalities, both served as chief of staff to the president of the United States--as did Donald Rumsfeld, Leon Panetta, and a relative handful of others. The chiefs of staff, often referred to as 'the gatekeepers,' wield tremendous power in Washington and beyond; they decide who is allowed to see the president, negotiate with Congress to push POTUS's agenda, and--most crucially--enjoy unparalleled access to the leader of the free world"--Amazon.co

Vicious Cycle

Presidential Decision Making in the American Political Economy

Author: Constantine J. Spiliotes

Publisher: Texas A&M University Press

ISBN: 9781585441426

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 212

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American presidents enter office ready to enact a policy-making agenda that will satisfy partisan interests and facilitate reelection to a second term. Economic circumstances, however, may catch presidents in a vicious cycle of economic growth and inflation versus recession and unemployment. Faced with a public that assigns to the chief executive responsibility for the nation's economic health, presidents are often forced by the dynamics of this cycle to make tradeoffs between pursuit of political objectives and stabilization of the economy. Vicious Cycle: Presidential Decision Making in the American Political Economy examines the strategic calculus that drives presidential acceptance of these decision-making tradeoffs. It provides a theoretical framework for explaining how presidents pursue partisan and electoral objectives in office, while simultaneously managing the nation's economy within the constraints of a complex institutional environment. With an approach that bridges several literatures in presidential studies and political economy, Constantine J. Spiliotes develops an econometric model of postwar presidential decision making in the American political economy and employs its insights to explicate the empirical dynamics of economic decision making in four presidencies. The extensively documented studies—Presidents Eisenhower, Johnson, Carter, and Reagan—offer variation across several analytic dimensions: temporal, partisan, electoral, and institutional. Spiliotes concludes that presidential acceptance of decision-making tradeoffs between the pursuit of political objectives and the imperatives of institutional responsibility is driven by a transformation in the nature of the American presidency, from an office in which decision making is anchored in partisan accountability to one in which decision making is constrained by the chief executive's institutional mission. Spiliotes's work will contribute to a fuller understanding of the presidency, political economy, and the methodologies that elucidate them.

The White House and the World

A Global Development Agenda for the Next U.S. President

Author: Nancy Birdsall

Publisher: CGD Books

ISBN: 1933286245

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 372

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The last few years have seen a steep decline in the perceived legitimacy of U.S. policies and values in the world. How will the next American president regain the country's power and influence so that it is capable of tackling the global challenges of the 21st century? The White House and the Worldexplores areas where changes in U.S. policies can conceivably improve the lives of the poor in developing countries, thereby not only protecting our own national security but also restoring America's credibility in the world. In selected essays, Center for Global Development fellows explore a range of topics such as trade policy, migration, foreign aid, and climate change and offer practical recommendations for effective change to the next president. Authors and topics include Michael Clemens on migration, Dennis de Tray on corruption, Kimberly Elliott on trade, Ruth Levine on health, Theodore Moran on private investment, Mead Over on HIV/AIDS, Stewart Patrick on fragile states, Steve Radelet on foreign assistance, Vijaya Ramachandran on development in Africa, and David Wheeler on climate change.

Why Presidents Fail

White House Decision Making from Eisenhower to Bush II

Author: Richard M. Pious

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN: 0742563391

Category: Political Science

Page: 330

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Why Presidents Fail takes a fresh look at cases that became defining events in presidencies from Dwight D. Eisenhower through George W. Bush and uses these cases to draw generalizations about presidential power, authority, rationality, and legitimacy. Rather than assigning blame for past failures, this book focuses on why presidents fail and how future presidents might avoid making these same disastrous mistakes.

Decision-Making in American Foreign Policy

Author: Nikolas K. Gvosdev,Jessica D. Blankshain,David A. Cooper

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1108427146

Category: History

Page: 300

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This book translates US foreign policymaking theory into practical analytic tools for those preparing to be national security professionals.

White House Years

Author: Henry Kissinger

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451636466

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 1521

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Kissinger’s invaluable and lasting contribution to the history of this crucial time. One of the most important books to come out of the Nixon Administration, the New York Times bestselling White House Years covers Henry Kissinger’s first four years (1969–1973) as Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. Among the momentous events recounted in this first volume of Kissinger’s timeless memoirs are his secret negotiations with the North Vietnamese in Paris to end the Vietnam War, the Jordan crisis of 1970, the India-Pakistan war of 1971, his back-channel and face-to-face negotiations with Soviet leaders to limit the nuclear arms race, his secret journey to China, and the historic summit meetings in Moscow and Beijing in 1972. He covers major controversies of the period, including events in Laos and Cambodia, his “peace is at hand” press conference and the breakdown of talks with the North Vietnamese that led to the Christmas bombing in 1972. Throughout, Kissinger presents candid portraits of world leaders, including Richard Nixon, Anwar Sadat, Golda Meir, Jordan’s King Hussein, Leonid Brezhnev, Chairman Mao and Chou En-lai, Willy Brandt, Charles de Gaulle, and many others. White House Years is Henry Kissinger’s invaluable and lasting contribution to the history of this crucial time.

Presidents in Crisis

Tough Decisions inside the White House from Truman to Obama

Author: Michael K. Bohn

Publisher: Skyhorse

ISBN: 1628724757

Category: Political Science

Page: 368

View: 3911

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Every American president, when faced with a crisis, longs to take bold and decisive action. When American lives or vital interests are at stake, the public?and especially the news media and political opponents?expect aggressive leadership. But, contrary to the dramatizations of Hollywood, rarely does a president have that option. In Presidents in Crisis, a former director of the Situation Room takes the reader inside the White House during seventeen grave international emergencies handled by the presidents from Truman to Obama: from North Korea’s invasion of South Korea to the revolutions of the Arab Spring, and from the thirteen days of the Cuban Missile Crisis to the taking of American diplomats hostage in Iran and George W. Bush’s response to the attacks of September 11, 2001. In narratives that convey the drama of unfolding events and the stakes of confrontation when a misstep can mean catastrophe, he walks us step by step through each crisis. Laying out the key players and personalities and the moral and political calculations that the leaders have had to make, he provides a fascinating insider’s look at modern presidential decision making and the fundamental role in it of human frailty. Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Arcade imprint, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in history—books about World War II, the Third Reich, Hitler and his henchmen, the JFK assassination, conspiracies, the American Civil War, the American Revolution, gladiators, Vikings, ancient Rome, medieval times, the old West, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

Decisionmaking in a Glass House

Mass Media, Public Opinion, and American and European Foreign Policy in the 21st Century

Author: Brigitte Nacos,Robert Y. Shapiro,Pierangelo Isernia

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN: 0742576450

Category: Political Science

Page: 384

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As we enter the new century, how and to what extent will the new realities of the post-Cold War world, as well as advances in communication technology, influence news reporting, public attitudes, and, most of all, foreign policy decisions on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean? In this volume, American and European scholars examine change and continuity in these important aspects of the foreign policy process at the beginning of the 21st century.