Fred Greenstein has been a paragon of scholarship and practical advice in his many years of work on the presidency. Here, some of the leading scholars of the presidency and leadership studies come together to pay tribute to Greenstein and his work. Original essays reflect the broad sweep of Greenstein's scholarship from the systematic study of personality and politics to the analysis of chief executives from Woodrow Wilson on. The essayists pay special attention to the political styles, advisory systems, and decision-making processes of presidents from the 1920s to today. In his studies of the American presidency, Greenstein pioneered the use of archival documents to test hypotheses and illuminate issues that bear on the performance of the modern executive office. The distinguished list of contributors to this volume include John Burke, Robert A. Dahl, Alexander and Juliette George, Betty Glad, Alonzo Hamby, Erwin Hargrove, John Kessel, Anthony King, Kenneth Kitts, J. Donald Moon, and Fred Greenstein's first and last graduate students at Princeton-Larry Berman and Meena Bose.
Greenstein himself generously writes a new essay on 'Plumbing the Presidential Psyche,' adding to his substantial contributions to political psychology.
Larry Berman is professor of political science at the University of California, Davis.
Part 1 I Foundations Chapter 2 Reflections on Human Nature and Politics: From Genes to Political Institutions Chapter 3 Plumbing the Presidential Psyche: Building on Neustadt and Barber Chapter 4 What Makes a Great President? An Analysis of Leadership Qualities in Greenstein's The Presidential Difference Chapter 5 Transitions to the Presidency: Do Leadership Styles Make a Difference? Chapter 6 Democratic Leadership and Political Ethics: Reflections on the Hidden-Hand Presidency Part 7 II Presidents, Personality, and Politics Chapter 8 The Impact of Personality and Political Functioning: The Case of Woodrow Wilson Chapter 9 McGovern's October Surprise, Almost Chapter 10 George Ball and Robert McNamara: Protagonist over Vietnam Chapter 11 Sidestepping the Hawks: Eisenhower, the Solarium Study and the Hungarian Crisis of 1956 Part 12 III Comparative Leadership Chapter 13 Leadership, Charisma, and Political Cultures in the Great Depression: Adolf Hitler, Franklin Roosevelt, and Stanley Baldwin Chapter 14 The Outsider as Political Leader: The Case of Margaret Thatcher Chapter 15 Epilogue: Fred I. Greenstein's Contributions to the Study of the Presidency