Measuring Presidential Power

  title={Measuring Presidential Power},
  author={Lee Kendall Metcalf},
  journal={Comparative Political Studies},
  pages={660 - 685}
  • L. Metcalf
  • Published 1 June 2000
  • Political Science
  • Comparative Political Studies
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