Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Presidents and the Dissolution of the UnionLeadership Style from Polk to Lincoln$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Fred I. Greenstein

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691151991

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691151991.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM PRINCETON SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.princeton.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Princeton University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in HSO for personal use (for details see www.princeton.universitypressscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 17 October 2018

The Policy-Driven Political Style of James K. Polk

The Policy-Driven Political Style of James K. Polk

Chapter:
(p.13) Chapter 2 The Policy-Driven Political Style of James K. Polk
Source:
Presidents and the Dissolution of the Union
Author(s):

Fred I. Greenstein

Dale Anderson

Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691151991.003.0002

This chapter assesses the strengths and weaknesses of James K. Polk, focusing on six realms: public communication, organizational capacity, political skill, policy vision, cognitive style, and emotional intelligence. Polk, has been called the only strong chief executive between Andrew Jackson and Abraham Lincoln. Polk also ranks near the top in the perennial polls on greatness in the White House. On the day of his inauguration, Polk declared that his administration would advance “four great measures”: division with Great Britain of the jointly administered Oregon Territory, acquisition of California, tariff reduction, and passage of a measure requiring the government to keep its funds in its own vaults instead of in state and private banks. Polk accomplished all this and more in a single four-year term. Despite his accomplishments, Polk lacked foresight. This was particularly evident in his inability to foresee that his territorial acquisitions would trigger a spiral of controversy that was to come to a head in the Civil War.

Keywords:   Oregon Territory, tariff reduction, California purchase, American presidents, public communication, organizational capacity, political skill, policy vision, cognitive style, emotional intelligence

Princeton Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.