This study attempts to understand the impact that personality and advising structure have on the quality of presidential decision-making. How can a social scientist determine if a president will have a good or bad decision-making process? How should a president set up his advisory system? This was investigated with two case studies. The first case study was of George H.W. Bush’s decisions during the Persian Gulf War. The second case study was looking at George W. Bush’s decisions in Iraq after 9/11. It was determined that George H.W. Bush had the better decision-making process based off of the criteria. Based on these two cases, it seems like personality is the more important aspect of decision-making. However, advising structure is important because personality should inform the type of advising structure the decision-maker has.


Moskowitz, Eric


Political Science


President, Advising, Personality, Character, Decision-Making

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Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis



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