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Seven Laws of Presidential Leadership, CourseSmart eTextbook

By Charles Dunn

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Jun 15, 2006

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For American Presidency, Presidential Leadership and Chief Executive courses.


The Seven Laws of Presidential Leadership presents the traditional  topics of history, rhetoric, politics, Congress, the Courts, and other subjects through an innovative method that sparks student interest and increases teaching options.


After some 30 years of teaching and writing about the presidency at Florida State University, the University of Illinois (Urbana), Clemson University, and Grove City College, Charles W. Dunn wanted to distill into one book the general laws that govern presidential leadership. The title, Seven Laws, came from a series of new lectures, which he delivered at Clemson University. He noticed then that in response to those lectures, students listened more intently, took notes more thoroughly, and responded with more questions than ever before. The students’ response increasingly prompted him to think about how a book could capture the same high level of student interest. The result was The Seven Laws of Presidential Leadership.

Table of Contents




1 The Law of History: The Irony of Power and Promise


Introduction to the Law of History

Constitutional Creation

Defining Moments and Turning Points

The Paradox of Presidential Power




2 The Law of Rhetoric: The Stagecraft of Presidential Leadership


Introduction to the Law of Rhetoric

Eras of Rhetorical Change

Rhetorical Currency

Rhetorical Strategy




3 The Law of Theory: The Paradoxes of Presidential Leadership


Introduction to the Law of Theory

Presidential Power

The Exceptional Person

History and Culture

The Paradoxes




4 The Law of Culture: Unanticipated Consequences


Introduction to the Law of Culture

Substance and Style



      Presidential Debates


      Public Opinion Polls


Impact on Presidential Leadership



5 The Law of Morality: Kaleidoscopic Uncertainty


Introduction to the Law of Morality

Moral Issues in the Modern Presidency

Types of Moral Issues

Perspectives on Presidential Morality

Presidential Morality Historically Examined

Presidential Morality and the Moral Kaleidoscope




6 The Law of Politics: Steadiness and Strategic Thinking


Introduction to the Law of Politics

Personal and Political Backgrounds

Public Policy Stability

Presidential Campaigns

Presidential Elections

Administrative Strategies




7 The Law of Management: Indirection


Introduction to the Law of Management

Managerial or Political President?

Managing the Executive Branch

Organizational Models

Promotion of Ideas and Vision

Influencing the Congress

Influencing the Courts







Topical Bibliography


Personal History of Presidents


Presidential Election Results: 1789 — 2004


Religious Affiliations of Presidents


Constitution of the United States



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$35.99 | ISBN-13: 978-0-13-175255-9