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Faculty Author Series: Shirley Anne Warshaw

Shirley Anne Warshaw The Keys to Power: Managing the Presidency

In her book, Gettysburg College political science professor Shirley Anne Warshaw argues that to be a successful leader, a president must effectively manage the enormous institutional and personal resources that are the "keys to power." The second edition of the book explores how the administration of President George W. Bush has impacted the understanding of the presidency.

Since The Keys to Power, Warshaw has also authored an analysis of the "copresidency" of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.

An authority on the American presidency, presidential elections, the president's Cabinet, and organizational decision structures for presidential policy making, Warshaw is a frequent speaker and commentator on network radio, television, and print media on presidential leadership and related topics, including CNN, BBC, CBS, NPR, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, Washington Post, New York Times, Reuters, Associated Press, Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and others.

Warshaw has written several books on presidential decision-making and numerous book chapters and articles, including The Domestic Presidency: Decision Making in the White House, Powersharing: White House-Cabinet Relations in the Modern Presidency, The Clinton Years, Re-examining the Eisenhower Presidency, and The Eisenhower Legacy. She has been a consultant to the White House under three administrations and a consultant to the Public Broadcasting System. She has also been involved with presidential debates and serves on the National Advisory Council for the Center for the Study of the Presidency.

Before Gettysburg, Warshaw worked in Pennsylvania state government, including the Governor's Office during two different administrations. She has been awarded research grants for work conducted in the Presidential Archives of Nixon, Ford, Carter, and Reagan. She serves on the National Board of the Presidency Research Section of the American Political Science Association. She earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania, a master's degree from the Wharton School of Business, and a doctorate from Johns Hopkins University.


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