Much of this issue examines the means and efficacy of Presidential influence on the public and other branches of government.
An article by Brett Curry, Richard Pacelle, and Bryan Marshall argue that Presidential ideology has a definite, if nebulous, effect on Supreme Court decisions. Christopher Kelley and Bryan Marshall write on the use of signing statements to shape policy and build Presidential legacy, while Gregory McAvoy examines the relationship between perceptions of Presidential job performance and favorability. These articles all discuss circumstances in which the President-with varying degrees of intent and success-can create his image and help his agenda. Yet there are also instances in which non-governmental bodies affect the Presidency. Jason Barabas contends that what the public retains from State of the Union addresses depends more on media coverage than on the speeches themselves. Robert Spitzer presents a case study of situations in which faulty legal theorizing has changed the Presidency in practice as well as in academia.
Presidential Policy Initiatives: How the Public Learns about State of the Union Proposals from the Mass Media - Jason Barabas
"An Informal and Limited Alliance": The President and the Supreme Court - Brett W. Curry, Richard L. Pacelle, Jr., and Bryan W. Marshall
The Last Word: Presidential Power and the Role of Signing Statements - Christopher S. Kelley and Bryan W. Marshall
Presidential Decision Making and Minority Nominations to the U.S. Courts of Appeals - Mitchell Killian
Substance versus Style: Distinguishing Presidential Job Performance from Favorability - Gregory E. McAvoy
The Evolution of the Modern Rhetorical Presidency: A Critical Response - Chad Murphy
The Evolution of the Rhetorical Presidency and Getting Past the Traditional/Modern Divide - Ryan Lee Teten
The Contemporary Presidency: Executive Privilege and the U.S. Attorneys Firings - Mark J. Rozell and Mitchel A. Sollenberger
The Law: Saving the Presidency from Lawyers - Robert J. Spitzer
Polls and Elections: The Ground War 2000-2004: Strategic Targeting in Grassroots Campaigns - Costas Panagopoulos and Peter W. Wielhouwer
Scripted for Change: The Institutionalization of the American Presidency by Victoria A. Farrar-Myers - Raymond Tatalovich
The American Vice Presidency Reconsidered by Jody C. Baumgartner - Joseph A. Pika
The Matador's Cape: America's Reckless Response to Terror by Stephen Holmes - Yannis A. Stivachtis