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George W. Bush and Presidential Leadership: the Un-Hidden Hand Presidency of George W. Bush

  • Michael Genovese


It is often said that “9/11 changed everything!” and indeed a variety of significant changes did occur in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks against the United States. One of the many things that changed was the scope of presidential power. The power of a president at any given time is determined by a variety of factors. These include his political skill, sense of power, knowledge and creativity, ability to communicate, persuade and bully, build coalitions, present a compelling vision, work with Congress, move the machinery of government, manage the administrative elements of the office, the nature of the political opposition, and demands of the public for change. But perhaps the most important factor in determining a president’s power is political opportunity, the conditions or circumstances of the times. In routine times the president is constrained, and in crises or emergency situations a president’s power is enlarged.


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