Presidential leadership at the crossroads : William Howard Taft and the modern presidency / Michael J. Korzi.

Korzi, Michael J., 1969- author.
College Station : Texas A&M University Press, [2021]
vi, 272 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 24 cm.
First edition.
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Taft, William H. (William Howard), 1857-1930.
Presidents -- United States -- Biography.
Political leadership -- United States -- Case studies.
Executive power -- United States -- Case studies.
Political culture -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
United States -- Politics and government -- Decision making -- Case studies.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1909-1913.
Executive power.
Political culture.
Political leadership.
Politics and government.
Politics and government -- Decision making.
United States.
Case studies.
"In Presidential Leadership at the Crossroads: William Howard Taft and the Modern Presidency, Michael J. Korzi examines Taft's presidency against the backdrop of early twentieth-century politics, placing particular emphasis on Taft's theory of presidential leadership. Though Taft's legacy is often overshadowed by those of Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson, his predecessor and successor, respectively, Taft's model of presidential leadership was complex and nuanced, forged in a time of changing expectations, at the crossroads between traditional and modern views of what the role of a president should be. This focus on Taft's leadership adds new dimension to our understandings of the so-called Progressive era and presidential leadership in general. Ultimately, Taft's leadership represented a middle-ground position, one that faced serious challenges from both conservative as well as radical forces, particularly the latter. While embodying some features of the modern presidency, Taft's model also represented a partial challenge to, and critique of, modern presidential leadership. Korzi reveals that Taft was considerably more modern in his leadership aspirations than previously thought and that his shift to traditionalism, or conservativism, only emerged with the threat of a third Roosevelt term on the horizon. Presidential Leadership at the Crossroads makes an important contribution to our understanding of presidents and their leadership. Taft's model is particularly relevant today given the prominence of the modern presidency, and its values and expectations. Taft's moderate, middle-way position provides a foundation for critiquing the excesses of the modern presidency, while offering a vision for strong, if disciplined, presidential leadership"-- Provided by publisher.
Machine generated contents note: ch. 1 Introduction: William Howard Taft and the Modern Presidency
ch. 2 The Nomination of 1908: "Will Taft Be a President or a Proxy?"
ch. 3 The General Election of 1908: "So Great Was the Demand for the Candidate"
ch. 4 "Parry Faith and Public Obligation": The Payne-Aldrich Tariff Act
ch. 5 Theodore Roosevelt and the New Nationalism: "A Threat That Would Startle Most Conservative Institutions"
ch. 6 "Well, I'm President": Taft's Use and Defense of the Veto in the Sixty-Second Congress
ch. 7 "You Believe in the Rule of Law Rather Than the Rule of Men": Taft and the Challenge of 1912
ch. 8 "Straightening Sticks That Are Bent": William Howard Taft and the Search for Moderate Presidential Leadership.
Includes bibliographical references and index.