Polls and Elections: Character and Political Time as Sources of Presidential Greatness

@article{Newman2016PollsAE,
  title={Polls and Elections: Character and Political Time as Sources of Presidential Greatness},
  author={Brian Newman and A. Davis},
  journal={Presidential Studies Quarterly},
  year={2016},
  volume={46},
  pages={411-433}
}
  • Brian Newman, A. Davis
  • Published 2016
  • Sociology
  • Presidential Studies Quarterly
  • Presidency scholars have long debated whether a president's personal traits or the historical circumstances of their presidency have a bigger effect on presidential performance. Stephen Skowronek (1993, 2008) argues that the political conditions a president faces, what he calls "political time," largely defines the president's opportunities and challenges. In contrast, others argue that presidents' personal traits (e.g., personality, political skill, vision, communication skills) profoundly… CONTINUE READING
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