Managing the President's Program: Presidential Leadership and Legislative Policy Formulation / Edition 1

Managing the President's Program: Presidential Leadership and Legislative Policy Formulation / Edition 1

by Andrew Rudalevige
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691095019

ISBN-13: 9780691095011

Pub. Date: 07/01/2002

Publisher: Princeton University Press

The belief that U.S. presidents' legislative policy formation has centralized over time, shifting inexorably out of the executive departments and into the White House, is shared by many who have studied the American presidency. Andrew Rudalevige argues that such a linear trend is neither at all certain nor necessary for policy promotion. In Managing the

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The belief that U.S. presidents' legislative policy formation has centralized over time, shifting inexorably out of the executive departments and into the White House, is shared by many who have studied the American presidency. Andrew Rudalevige argues that such a linear trend is neither at all certain nor necessary for policy promotion. In Managing the President's Program, he presents a far more complex and interesting picture of the use of presidential staff. Drawing on transaction cost theory, Rudalevige constructs a framework of "contingent centralization" to predict when presidents will use White House and/or departmental staff resources for policy formulation. He backs his assertions through an unprecedented quantitative analysis of a new data set of policy proposals covering almost fifty years of the postwar era from Truman to Clinton.

Rudalevige finds that presidents are not bound by a relentless compulsion to centralize but follow a more subtle strategy of staff allocation that makes efficient use of limited bargaining resources. New items and, for example, those spanning agency jurisdictions, are most likely to be centralized; complex items follow a mixed process. The availability of expertise outside the White House diminishes centralization. However, while centralization is a management strategy appropriate for engaging the wider executive branch, it can imperil an item's fate in Congress. Thus, as this well-written book makes plain, presidential leadership hinges on hard choices as presidents seek to simultaneously manage the executive branch and attain legislative success.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691095011
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
07/01/2002
Series:
Princeton Studies in American Politics: Historical, International, and Comparative Perspectives Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
292
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures ix

Preface xi

CHAPTER ONE: Managing the President's Program: Necessary and Contingent Truths 1

CHAPTER TWO: Bargaining, Transaction Costs, and Contingent Centralization 18

CHAPTER THREE: The President's Program: History and Conventional Wisdom 41

CHAPTER FOUR: The President's Program: An Empirical Overview 63

CHAPTER FIVE: Putting Centralization to the Test 86

CHAPTER SIX: Congress Is a Whiskey Drinker: Centralization and Legislative Success 113

CHAPTER SEVEN: The Odds Are with the House: The Limits of Centralization 134

CHAPTER EIGHT: Hard Choices 152

Appendix: Additional Data and Alternate Specifications 165

Notes 187

References 245

Index 265

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