This 4 page paper discusses the idea that the power of the presidency may be defined as the power of persuasion. The paper refutes the claim while embracing the concept that persuasion is nevertheless important for the presidency. No bibliography.
The Power of the Presidency - paper properly!
According to a prompt submitted by a student, Richard Neustadt claims that presidential power is the power to persuade. How might
this be interpreted as a reasonable definition of presidential power in light of the relationships the president has with other actors both in and outside of government? How and why
might Presidential personality be relevant here? Neustadts claim is quite an interesting premise. The idea that presidential power is something other than what it is deemed by the Constitution is
quite a leap. At the same time, to an extent, it is true. After all, the presidents ability to persuade is significant in terms of gaining the support of the
people. The president must also persuade the entire world that he does possess the authority for which he is endowed. A president must be credible and he gains credibility to
some extent by using persuasion. When presidents run for office, it is often after a long struggle during the primaries where an individual goes from state to state, raises money
and becomes embraced by a party. Indeed, it takes a lot of stamina and persuasive power. It is not as if someone comes and begs an individual to run for
president. Rather, an individual has aspirations first. At least, most presidential hopefuls have thought about taking the plunge. An example of this is that much attention has been paid to
the fact that Hillary Clinton seems to be positioning herself for the presidency. Just recently, a talk show host by the name of Monica Crowley did suggest that Hillary was