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Economic Actors, Economic Behaviors, and Presidential Leadership


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Chapter 1: Presidential Rhetoric and the Economy Chapter 2: Ascertaining Presidential Influence with Economic Actors Chapter 3: Presidential Rhetoric and the Federal Reserve Chapter 4: Presidential Rhetoric and Public Perceptions Chapter 5: Congressional Actions as Preeminent Economic Leadership Chapter 6: Conclusions

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C. Damien Arthur is assistant professor of political science at West Virginia State University.


This work provides empirical evidence to support what many have long suspected: that presidential talks about the economy are just talk. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduate, graduate, and research collections. * CHOICE *
[T]his book contributes meaningfully to our growing, if bifurcated, understanding of why and how presidents communicate with their public and what the consequences of these efforts may be. Scholars who have invested time in this debate would do well to read Arthur's words carefully, and those seeking to learn more in general about presidential rhetoric and presidential economic leadership will find Economic Actors, Economic Behaviors, and Presidential Leadership to be as enjoyable of an introduction to the topic as it is an insightful one. * Rhetoric & Public Affairs *
Using the president's rhetoric on the national economy as an analytic wedge, this nicely written study adds to our understanding of the role presidential rhetoric plays-and fails to play-in influencing policy making and policy makers. C. Damien Arthur's book will be of particular interest to students and scholars with an interest in economic policy, presidential rhetoric, and the ways in which they intersect. -- Mary E. Stuckey, Georgia State University
C. Damien Arthur's Economic Actors, Economic Behaviors, and Presidential Leadership takes a skeptical and data-driven look at a major question for scholars of the presidency: does presidential rhetoric matter, and if so, how? The book is sure to be of interest to students of presidential rhetoric. -- Thomas W. Benson, Pennsylvania State University

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