The Methodology of Presidential Research


Gary King, George Edwards III, Bert A Rockman, and John H Kessel. 1993. “The Methodology of Presidential Research.” In Researching the Presidency: Vital Questions, New Approaches, 387–412. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh. Copy at
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The Methodology of Presidential Research


The original purpose of the paper this chapter was based on was to use the Presidency Research Conference’s first-round papers– by John H. Aldrich, Erwin C. Hargrove, Karen M. Hult, Paul Light, and Richard Rose– as my "data." My given task was to analyze the literature ably reviewed by these authors and report what political methodology might have to say about presidency research. I focus in this chapter on the traditional presidency literature, emphasizing research on the president and the office. For the most part, I do not consider research on presidential selection, election, and voting behavior, which has been much more similar to other fields in American politics.
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