Has the uncommonly calm character he demonstrated on the campaign trail kept him from making an essential emotional connection with the American public? Bill Clinton as a Presidential Candidate: What Did the Public Learn? Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 51, 149-160. . Renshon edits the journal Political Psychology. Should Ed Muskie's loss of composure while defending his wife during a campaign speech, or Thomas Eagleton's hospitalization for depression, have counted against them? And they cannot be answered without psychological knowledge of presidential leadership and the presidency itself. Copyright © 1996 by New York University Press hardcover or © 1998 by Routledge, New York paperback. Why are honesty, integrity, and personal ideals so important in judging candidates? What of his leadership style? Does it matter that Gary Hart changed his name or had an affair? The E-mail message field is required.
These questions cannot be answered without recourse to psychological analysis. While there is increasing public awareness that the psychology, judgment, and leadership qualities of presidential candidates count, the basis on which these judgments should made remains unclear. Stanley Renshon and Deborah Welch Larson eds. The double-edged sword: How character makes and ruins presidents, from Washington to Clinton. Do extra-marital affairs really matter? Poor judgments can start wars or lose them. Renshon 1996 , Introduction: Frameworks of analysis pp. Toward a Theory of Character and Presidential Performance -- 9.
Political parties, interest groups, and political campaigns. Political schema, candidate evaluations, and voting behavior. While there is increasing public awareness that the psychology, judgment, and leadership qualities of presidential candidates count, the basis on which these judgments should be made remains unclear. A psychological examination of political leaders. Stanley Renshon and John Duckit , Political Psychology: Cultural and Crosscultural Foundations New York : Macmillan, 2000. Do extra-marital affairs really matter? The Psychological Suitability of Presidents in an Era of Doubt. Traditionally, one successful answer has been to encourage immigrants to learn our language, culture, history, and civic traditions.
Stanley Renshon, National Security in the Obama Administration: Reassessing the Bush Doctrine New York: Routledge, September 8, 2009 The Bush Doctrine is dead! Presidential personality: Biographical use of the Gough Adjective Check List. This volume is organized into a series of intellectually grounded but provocative chapters on political leadership, the 2000 presidential campaign. What, if anything, binds our country and citizens together? Are they emotionally and personally stable? Beginning with the 1992 election campaign, the contributors explore the interplay between U. Renshon, a political scientist and psychoanalyst, provides the first comprehensive accounting of how character has become an increasingly important issue in a presidential campaign. Part 1: introduces and develops the basic framework upon which further discussion of theory, research, and methodology depends. Why are honesty, integrity, and personal ideals so important in judging candidates? He is the author of over one hundred articles in the fields of presidential politics, American immigration and national identity, American foreign policy, leadership and political psychology.
At issue is whether it is possible or desirable to preserve the strengths of a common heritage. Renshon not only proposes a motivational need based on this particular need, but goes on to detail the ways in which this need is structured by the social environment. George Reedy observed that the presidency provides a stage upon which personality traits are magnified. Drawing on his clinical and political science training, Renshon has devised a theory which will allow the public to better evaluate the personal and leadership qualities of presidential candidates. Their proposals have been much advocated, but little analyzed. Is the Psychological Impairment of Presidents Still A Relevant Concern? Four Is the Psychological Impairment of Presidents Still a Relevant Concern? Drawing on his clinical and political science training, Renshon has devised a theory which will allow the public to better evaluate presidential candidates. Finally, and most importantly, how can the public tell whether a candidate's leadership will be enhanced or impeded by aspects of his personality? Renshon, 1998, Appendix 1: Some observations on method: Cases, data, and analysis pp.
Relationships of culture and political psychology shape a wide range of important contemporary political issues. The issue of character has thus come to dominate presidential elections. The new personality self-portrait rev. Renshon, 1998, Chapter 15: Conclusion: The good enough president pp. We are in conflict over the viability of American culture and identity itself.
What are the consequences of political socialization? Give its centrality to American national security, and the fact the effects of it are likely to be felt well into the 21st century, Understanding the Bush Doctrine will provide a critically balanced and pointed assessment of the Bush Doctrine and its premises, as well as a fair appraisal of its implications and prospects Stanley Renshon, The 50% American: Immigration and National Identity in an Age of Terror Georgetown Univ. It is essential reading for anyone looking to understand how presidents assess security risks generally and how Obama specifically is likely to adapt the Bush Doctrine to his own worldview. Toward a Theory of Character and Presidential Performance. Some quarters insist that our past has resulted in a culture only worth tearing down to build over, rather than one worth keeping and building upon. While there is increasing public awareness that the psychology, judgment, and leadership qualities of presidential candidates count, the basis on which these judgments should made remains unclear. Why are honesty, integrity, and personal ideals so important in judging candidates? He traces two related but distinctive approaches to the issue of presidential character and psychology. Looking back over the past 25 years, Stanley Renshon, a political scientist and psychoanalyst, provides the first comprehensive accounting of how character has become an increasingly important issue in a presidential campaign.
Explaining foreign policy behavior using the personal characteristics of political leaders. Thirteen Election Campaigns as a Tool for Assessing the Psychological Suitability of Presidential CandidatesPart V Assessing Psychological Suitability: Some Applications; Fourteen Asking the Right Questions of Presidential Candidates: Some Suggestions and Guidelines; Fifteen Conclusion: The Good Enough President; Appendix 1 Some Observations on Method: Cases, Data, and Analysis; Appendix 2 A Model of Character: Dynamics, Development, and Implications for Presidential Performance; Appendix 3 Preparing Political Leaders for Power: A Supplement to Assessing Psychological Suitability; Notes. He traces two related but distinctive approaches to the issue of presidential character and psychology. The book is an important landmark in developing the field of political psychology, developing insights from psychological anthropologists, political scientists and crosscultural psychologists. Presidential psychology and governing styles: A comparative psychological analysis of the 1992 presidential candidates. American Political Science Review, 72, 434-451.
Assessing the foreign policy role orientations of sub-Saharan African leaders. By keeping his focus detached and academic, he has made a significant contribution to the psychological aspects of politics. The assessment of political personality: A psychodiagnostically relevant conceptualization and methodology. Stanley Renshon and Peter Suedfeld, Understanding the Bush Doctrine : Psychology and Strategy in an Age of Terrorism Routledge, 2007. Renshon ; with a foreword by Alexander L. Stanley Renshon, Handbook of Political Socialization: Theory and Research New York: The Free Press, 1977. Psychological Needs and Political Behavior exams the problems of why, under what circumstances, and with what consequences citizens take part in politics.