This study is a revision of my doctoral dissertation written at the University of Virginia. As a student of the American presidency I became interested in how presidential leadership is defined, analyzed and assessed. Students of the presidency spend a great deal of time studying leadership theory and debating the merits of different measures of leadership "success." These students draw inspiration for their ideas from noted presidency scholars such as Edward S. Corwin, Clinton Rossiter, and Richard Neustadt.

chapter 1|11 pages


chapter 2|20 pages

Early Evaluations

chapter 3|39 pages

Carter's First Year: 1977

chapter 4|42 pages

Carter's Second Year: 1978

chapter 5|44 pages

Carter's Third Year: 1979

chapter 6|44 pages

Carter's Final Year: 1980

chapter 8|12 pages

Conclusion: Evaluating the Evaluators