Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2008

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Political Science

First Advisor

Dirk Deam

Second Advisor

Charles Dobbs

Third Advisor

Kimberly H. Conger

Abstract

A revealing way of assessing Presidential leadership comes through interpreting a President's time in office within the six-step cycled circumstances of institutional expectations. Using historical biographies and reinterpreting the patterns of Presidential political time from Stephen Skowronek's The Politics Presidents Make: Leadership from John Adams to George Bush, I develop leadership cycles of Reconstructive, Great-Son Articulator, Preemption-One, Grandson Articulator, Preemption-Two, and Disjunctive Presidents. I develop the thesis through a literature review and chapter describing Presidential history from 1789-1829. From here, I use the Presidential leadership types in my Washington, Jackson, Lincoln, McKinley/Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, and Reagan cycles to understand why Presidents make the decisions they do and why we should understand the circumstances Presidents face before labeling them as great, average, or failed Presidents. I also speculate how the cycle offers predictable leadership characteristics for future Presidencies and the elections that have put Presidents into office throughout our history.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/rtd-180813-16418

Publisher

Digital Repository @ Iowa State University, http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/

Copyright Owner

Christopher Halverson Untiet

Language

en

Proquest ID

AAI1453097

OCLC Number

246661131

ISBN

9780549541646

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

227 pages

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