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Presidential Leadership Illness Decision Making

Presidential Leadership Illness Decision Making

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Presidential Leadership, Illness,and Decision Making
This book examines the impact of medical and psychological illnesson foreign policy decision making. Illness provides specific, predictable,and recognizable shifts in attention, time perspective, cognitive capac-ity, judgment, and emotion, which systematically affect impaired leaders.In particular, this book discusses the ways in which processes related toaging, physical and psychological illness, and addiction influence deci-sion making. This book provides detailed analysis of the cases of fourAmerican presidents. Woodrow Wilson’s October
1919
stroke affectedhis behavior during the Senate fight over ratifying the League of Nations.Franklin Roosevelt’s severe coronary disease influenced his decisions con-cerning the conduct of war in the Pacific, from
1943
to
1945
in par-ticular. John Kennedy’s illnesses and treatments altered his behavior atthe
1961
Vienna conference with Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev. AndRichard Nixon’s psychological impairments biased his decisions regard-ing the covert bombing of Cambodia in
1969
1970
.Rose McDermott is Associate Professor of Political Science at the Uni-versity of California, Santa Barbara. Professor McDermott’s main area of research revolves around political psychology in international relations.She is the author of 
Risk Taking in International Relations: Prospect Theory in American Foreign Policy
(
1998
) and
Political Psychology inInternationalRelations
(
2004
).Sheisalsocoeditoro
MeasuringIdentity:A Guide for Social Scientists
. Professor McDermott has held fellowshipsat the John M. Olin Institute for Strategic Studies and the Women andPublic Policy Program, both at Harvard University.

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