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Ault, E. Michael, Presidential Support and the Political Use of Presidential
Capital. Doctor of Philosophy (Political Science), December 1998, 125 pp., 8 tables, 7
This research incorporates a decision-making theory which defines the linkage
between the public, the media, the president and the Congress. Specifically, I argue that
the public holds widely shared domestic and international goals and responds to a number
of external cues provided by the president and the media in its evaluation of presidential
policies. Although most studies examine overall presidential popularity, there are
important differences in the public's evaluations of the president's handling of foreign
and domestic policies. Additionally, I am concerned with how the Congress responds to
these specific policy evaluations, the president's public activities, and the electoral policy
goals of its members when determining whether or not to support the president. Finally, I
link together the theoretical assumptions, to examine the influence of varying levels of
support among the Congress and the public, and the president's own personal power
goals on the type, quantity, and the quality of activities the president will choose.
Ultimately, the primary focus of this dissertation is on the sources and consequences of
presidential support and the influence of such support on presidential decision-making.
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Ault, Michael E. Presidential Support and the Political Use of Presidential Capital, dissertation, December 1998; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc277874/m1/2/: accessed February 16, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .