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The Influence of War and Party System Aging on the Ranking of Presidents

David C. Nice
The Western Political Quarterly
Vol. 37, No. 3 (Sep., 1984), pp. 443-455
DOI: 10.2307/448445
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/448445
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Abstract

Analysis of elite and mass evaluations of the greatness of various presidents through history indicates that presidents who occupy the White House during wars and early in a party system era are considerably more likely to be regarded as great than are presidents who serve during peaceful periods near the end of a party system era.

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