Jeffrey E. Cohen is professor of political science at Fordham University. His many books include Going Local: Presidential Leadership in the Post-Broadcast Age (2010) and The President’s Legislative Policy Agenda, 1789–2002 (2012).
Instead of obsessing over presidential winners and losers, Jeffrey E. Cohen focuses our attention on the president’s role in the production of public policy and in the larger political system. He deftly theorizes the bargaining strategies presidents use and presents new evidence about how and to what effect presidents employ the levers of presidential influence. Well-written and clear-eyed, The President on Capitol Hill brings fresh and well-deserved attention to the president’s institutional advantages in a system of separated powers. - Jon C. Rogowski, Harvard University
Cohen has written another important book that will change how scholars think of the relationship between Congress and the president. Theoretically innovative and empirically rich, this book brings us new insights into the eternal black box of presidential influence. - Andrew Reeves, Washington University in St. Louis
Few scholars of the American presidency have written as widely or as prodigiously as Jeffrey Cohen. In this, his latest, Cohen turns his attention to the effects of presidential lobbying and position taking on Congress and the public. Whereas many scholars see a presidency consigned to, and even subjugated by, a larger political environment, Cohen finds evidence of influence. Success doesn’t just depend upon the hands that presidents are dealt. It depends on how presidents play them. - William Howell, University of Chicago
Cohen offers one of the most clearly articulated theories of presidential influence that is distinct from presidential success. His book is the first attempt at conceptually relating many presidential lobbying strategies into one unified framework. This is the most thorough treatment of these issues and will surely be a contribution to the literature in its own right. - Sharece Thrower, Vanderbilt University