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This section outlines the basic motivational theory and its central consequences by making the case that the study of the American presidency depends too much on the study of history and too little on the study of historical materials. It outlines the books arguments and highlights its findings.
  1. The Dim Light of History - The Study of Presidential Power

This section uses the first week of the Johnson presidency to illustrate the challenges facing a modern president and the choices which presidents make. Each of these elements becomes a central characteristic of the more formal analysis to follow.
  1. Reins of Power - Facing the Collapse of Leadership in a Perilous Crisis
  2. Inheritor - Building a New Leadership

This section describes and analyzes a new model of presidential effectiveness. It begins by describing the president's formal powers and those of the congressional majority. It makes the case that persuasion has two components, one a structural component defined by bargaining and the other a behavioral defined by personal interaction.
  1. Presidential Position - Analyzing the President's Place in the Constitutional System
  2. Structured Bargains - A Model of Presidential Bargaining
  3. The Patterns of Sway - LBJ's Influence Over Members of Congress
  4. Opportunity and Duty - External Demands on Presidential Influence
  5. Get the Music, Hear the Words - Patterns to LBJ's Presidential Persuasion

This section describes three opportunities presidents have to use their discretion to shape effectiveness. It describes the development of the President's agenda, how the administration decided to make compromises, and how a President shapes the day to day routines of the administration. The section closes with an examination of the specific historical circumstances of the Johnson presidency.
  1. Reach, Compromise, and Routine - Presidential Discretion Over Policy Making
  2. How LBJ Mattered - Reflections on Presidential Power


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