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Attempted Assassination and Presidential Achievement: The Case of Ronald Reagan

The world of biology and politics: Organization and research areas

ISBN: 978-1-78190-728-3, eISBN: 978-1-78190-729-0

ISSN: 2042-9940

Publication date: 25 September 2013

Abstract

Purpose – This study demonstrates that serious episodes of presidential ill health can have positive impacts on role performance.

Design/methodology – The author utilizes both primary source materials (personal interviews with White House physicians and several other physicians who treated Reagan at the hospital, and the writings of key Reagan aides and family members) and secondary source materials (writings of political scientists, historians, and journalists).

Findings – Reagan was at first in critical condition. It was then that his Secretary of State appeared to make a bold grab for power, an act that contributed materially to the end of his political career. Additionally, the administration’s failure to invoke the presidential disability amendment allowed the official chain of command to be in doubt. Finally, the significant increase in Reagan’s popularity that flowed from his light-hearted demeanor after he was shot is examined here in terms of the President’s subsequent legislative successes.

Originality/value – This study suggests strongly that Reagan’s impressive legislative achievements in mid-1981 were due significantly to his heroic response to having been shot.

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Citation

Gilbert, R.E. (2013), "Attempted Assassination and Presidential Achievement: The Case of Ronald Reagan", The world of biology and politics: Organization and research areas (Research in Biopolitics, Vol. 11), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 161-183. https://doi.org/10.1108/S2042-9940(2013)0000011011

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