The president as statesman : Woodrow Wilson and the Constitution /
Daniel D. Stid.
Lawrence, Kan. : University Press of Kansas, c1998.
xi, 231 p. ; 25 cm.
0700608842 (alk. paper)
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Lawrence, Kan. : University Press of Kansas, c1998.
0700608842 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 183-224) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Daniel D. Stid is a management consultant in Boston
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Appeared in Choice on 1998-11:
Stid has written a very original and well-done account of Woodrow Wilson's failure to accomplish his goal of reshaping the national polity. He approaches the problem from the perspective of a political scientist rather than that of a historian, although the book is well informed historically. The author apparently began this project as an exercise in wondering whether it was possible for contemporary politicians and political thinkers to alter the American polity in any significant way because it did not seem to be functioning properly in the 1990s. The answer he comes to is "probably not." If Wilson could not alter the structure of the American government in his day, given his intelligence, control of power, and an atmosphere conducive to change, then it is unlikely that the polity can be changed significantly today. Stid attributes Wilson's failure to both the continuing strength of existing political institutions and, more important, to the Framers' construction of a governmental system that is by design resistant to change. This is an instructive, well-researched, and refreshing essay in the enduring character of American government. Upper-division undergraduates and above. S. N. Katz; Princeton University
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Main Description
A political scientist who went on to become president, Woodrow Wilson envisioned a "responsible government" in which a strong leader and principled party would integrate the separate executive and legislative powers. His ideal, however, was constantly challenged by political reality. Daniel Stid explores the evolution of Wilsons views on this form of government and his endeavors as a statesman to establish it in the United States. The author looks over Professor and then President Wilsons shoulder as he grappled with the constitutional separation of powers, demonstrating the importance of this effort for American political thought and history. Although Wilson is generally viewed as an unstinting and effective opponent of the separation of powers, the author reveals an ambivalent statesman who accommodated the Founders logic. This book challenges both the traditional and revisionist views of Woodrow Wilson by documenting the moderation of his statesmanship and the resilience of the separation of powers. In doing so, it sheds new light on American political development from Wilsons day to our own. Throughout the twentieth century, political scientists and public officials have called for constitutional changes and political reforms that were originally proposed by Wilson. By reexamining the dilemmas presented by Wilsons program, Stid invites a reconsideration of both the expectations we place on the presidency and the possibilities of leadership in the Founders system. The President as Statesman contributes significantly to ongoing debates over Wilsons legacy and raises important questions about the nature of presidential leadership at a time when this issue is at the forefront of public consciousness.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. vii
Introductionp. 1
Toward "Power and Strict Accountability for Its Use"p. 6
Political Development, Interpretive Leadership, and the Presidencyp. 27
Constitutional Government and Presidential Powerp. 46
Progressivism and Politics in New Jersey and the Nationp. 66
Wilson's Program and the New Freedomp. 89
Toward Party Reform and Realignmentp. 103
Diplomacy, War, and Executive Powerp. 118
Party and National Leadership in World War Ip. 136
Wilson, Lodge, and the Treaty Controversyp. 151
Conclusionp. 168
Notesp. 183
Indexp. 225
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