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Reading Guide for Pages 371-380

1. How has presidential character impacted politics?

2. Identify Neustadt’s theory on presidential power?

3. Discuss Neustadt’s theory in action with examples.

4. Why is presidential popularity important?

5. How does POTUS mobilize support?

6. What factors impact presidential popularity throughout their term?

7. What is one of the best predictors of presidential success with Congress? Explain.

8. How do elections and interest groups impact POTUS?

9. What is a mandate?

10. How does POTUS use their mandate?

11. Discuss Stephen Skowronek’s presidential leadership theory.