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1st Edition

The Psychological Assessment of Presidential Candidates

ISBN 9780415921466
Published August 19, 1998 by Routledge
534 Pages

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Book Description

Looking back over the past 25 years, Stanley Renshon explores how the issue of character has come to dominate presidential campaigns. Drawing on his clinical and political science training, Renshon has devised a theory which allows the public to evaluate the qualities of presidential candidates.



Stanley A. Renshon is Professor of Political Science at the City University of New York and developer and coordinator of the Interdisciplinary Program in the Psychology of Political Behavior at the CUNY Graduate School. He is a certified psychoanalyst and author of several volumes, including High Hopes: The Clinton Presidency and the Politics of Ambition (Routledge, 1998).


"This book is enormously valuable in providing...detailed checklists and appendices of questions that should be asked of any presidential candidate in order to measure ambition, integrity, and relatedness as well as leadership potential." -- American Political Science Review
"The most comprehensive and trenchant contribution to the political psychology of leadership to have been published in some time." -- Canadian Journal of Political Science
"The Psychological Assessment of Presidential Candidates is exceedingly good." -- Congress and the Presidency