The Evolving American Presidency

Presidents, Pandemics, and Politics

Authors: Skidmore, Max J.

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  • Examines how presidents from Eisenhower to Obama handled the threat of contagious disease and what lessons can be learned from their responses
  • Covers not just spontaneous disease outbreaks, but also the challenges that follow natural disasters when sanitation infrastructure has been damaged
  • Presents an important study for those interested in the presidency, public health, and public administration
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This book is an examination of the manner in which American presidents respond to pandemics and other public health crises. Skidmore argues that presidential performance in dealing with emergencies and pandemics varies, but those who are informed, focused, and confident that government can work are most likely to be successful. As an example, Gerald Ford’s “Swine Flu program” is widely derided as incompetent and politically motivated. Closer examination, however, suggests the contrary, demonstrating the potential of government to act quickly and effectively against public health emergencies, even when facing formidable obstacles. The American government has a mixed record ranging from excellent to unacceptable, even counterproductive, in dealing with emergency threats to life and health. Despite ideological arguments to the contrary, however, governments are important to effective responses, and in the American setting, presidential action is essential.

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Max J. Skidmore is Curators’ Professor of Political Science and Thomas Jefferson Fellow at University of Missouri-Kansas City, USA.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Presidents, Pandemics, and Politics
Authors
Series Title
The Evolving American Presidency
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-59959-9
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-59959-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-349-94992-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-95698-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 97
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