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The George W. Bush Presidency

An Early Assessment

Between his inauguration and September 11, 2001, George W. Bush's presidency appeared to lack focus. The rhetoric of the campaign trail did not readily translate into concrete policies and a closely divided Congress restrained executive action. The terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, however, changed all of that. In their aftermath, Bush emerged as a strong, decisive leader with a deep sense of purpose and certainty that inspired many Americans, even as it alienated much of the rest of the world.

In The George W. Bush Presidency: An Early Assessment, noted presidential scholar Fred I. Greenstein brings together a distinguished group of political scientists to consider the first two-and-a-half years of the George W. Bush presidency, from his leadership style and political ethos to his budgetary and foreign policies to his relationship with Congress, the electorate, and the American public. This balanced and timely volume concludes with an invaluable insider's view of the president and his administration by John J. DiIulio, the first Director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives.

Contributors: Richard A. Brody, Ivo Daalder, John J. Dilulio, Jr., John Fortier, Hugh Heclo, Karen M. Hult, Gary Jacobson, Charles O. Jones, James Lindsay, Norman Ornstein, and Allen Schick

About the Author

Fred I. Greenstein is professor emeritus of political science and director of the Research Program in Leadership Studies at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University. His many books include The Reagan Presidency: An Early Assessment and The Hidden-Hand Presidency: Eisenhower as Leader, both published by Johns Hopkins.


"Greenstein has pioneered and refined the use of political psychology in analyzing presidential leadership and decision making. Here, he applies his well-honed criteria to Bush."—John W. Dean, Findlaw's Writ

"An excellent author in his own right, Greenstein excels as the editor for such well-knowns as Richard A. Brody, Ivo Daalder and James Lindsay, John Fortier, Allen Schick, et al. . . . For those desiring insight into the President's style and political vision, this work serves as the ideal primer."—Robert H. Taylor, Parameters

"Featuring an impressive line-up of contributors, this book promises to be a major addition to presidential scholarship. It is extremely important to have a collection of essays like this that reflects upon the remarkable events of this notable presidency. This timely volume accomplishes this goal very well indeed."—John P. Burke, The University of Vermont

"The first sober, academic look at the George W. Bush presidency . . . The contributors to the book not only succeed in merging the immediate and the theoretical, but they do so with uniform success."—Robert Spitzer, Perspectives on Political Science

"This collection by prominent political scientists covers President George W. Bush's political style, guiding beliefs, White House organization, budget and foreign policies, legislative strategies, the ups and downs of the public's view of this presidency, and its impact on the partisan balance in the electorate."—Choice

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