Cover

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Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-xiv

In the course of researching, writing, and rewriting this book, I have been fortunate to have never been without the company of wonderful friends, family, and colleagues; likewise, I have never been without the support of terrific institutions that have helped to bring this project to fruition. I ask...

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Introduction: Political Institutions and the Politics of the Presidential Mandate

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pp. 1-20

Twenty- first- century U.S. presidents operate in an age of mandate politics. Compared with mid- twentieth- century leaders, contemporary presidents draw on the logic of campaign promises and election results much more frequently. The use of mandate claims is not mere rhetorical window dressing...

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1. Changes in Mandate Rhetoric: From the Progressive Era to the Partisan Era

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pp. 21-58

Between the presidencies of Herbert Hoover and Barack Obama, presidential mandate rhetoric has changed in frequency, context, and content. In the modern era, which began with a transition period under Hoover and Franklin Roosevelt, mandate rhetoric became relatively infrequent. When presidents...

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2. The Changing Presidential Script: Hoover, Roosevelt, and the Politics of Transition

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pp. 59-82

One week after he took office in 1933, Franklin Roosevelt received a telegram urging him to act quickly to resolve the nation’s economic problems. Invoking the election as a mandate for swift action, the telegram read, “Mr. President the people of the United States have elected you. The people of the United...

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3. President of All the People? : Eisenhower, Johnson, and Leadership in the Modern Era

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pp. 83-110

Between 1939 and 1968, presidents were elected and reelected with landslide majorities and with excruciatingly close margins. Both groups, however, demonstrated restraint in their use of mandate rhetoric. When they did refer to the elections that installed them in office, they often shied away...

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4. The Presidency in Crisis: Nixon, Carter, and the Decline of Consensus

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pp. 111-134

In April 1969, Leonard “Len” Garment, one of Nixon’s domestic policy advisers, wrote a memorandum to Chief of Staff H. R. Haldeman describing the decline in presidential status and the growing concern in the White House about public and media hostility. Garment expressed the view that...

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5. What an Election Is All About: Reagan, Bush, Obama, and the Age of Mandates

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pp. 135-164

Writing in Time magazine after Obama’s 2008 victory, Michael Grunwald posed and answered the ubiquitous postelection question: What did the result mean? He predicted, “When historians remember the 2008 election, they’re going to remember that the two- term Republican president had 20...

Conclusion: Delivering the People’s Message

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pp. 165-178

Notes

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pp. 179-202

Index

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pp. 203-206