This book offers an overview of the developing body of empirical research on the Eisenhower presidency. It provides an analysis of key features of Eisenhower's staffing structure, his institutional presidency, his decision making and relation between the White house and cabinet.
Introduction: Management and Mismanagement of the Modern Presidency 1. Changing Perspectives on the Eisenhower Presidency 2. Eisenhower as Chief Executive: Development of the Institutional Presidency 3. Eisenhower as Domestic Political Leader: Relations with Congress and the Cabinet 4. The Eisenhower National Security Council Reappraised 5. Eisenhower's National Security Decision-Making: Formal and Informal Sources of Advice and Information 6. The Deinstitutionalization of the Eisenhower NSC System: Causes and Consequences 7. The Reagan Administration and the Iran-Contra Affair: Prologue to Reform 8. Organizing the Presidency for Effective Leadership: Lessons from the Eisenhower Years