While it is an impressive achievement for a President to be elected to a second term, electoral success does not automatically guarantee a successful second term. For many Presidents, the second term has been a time of scandal and political challenge. In setting an agenda for the second term, the President also faces limitations in terms of personnel and policy based on their actions during the first term.
Having secured reelection, President Obama will face the near-term challenges of the fiscal cliff, yet he will need to pay careful attention to the pitfalls that previous Presidents have confronted post-reelection.
To better examine the challenges of a second term, CSPC has collaborated with Dr. John P. Burke of the University of Vermont on a case study of Presidential second terms.
To download the case study, click here.