When Barack Obama entered the White House, he followed a long-standing precedent for the development and implementation of major policies by appointing administratorsso-called policy czarscharged with directing the response to the nation’s most pressing crises. Demonstrating that the creation of policy czars is a strategy for combating partisan polarization and navigating the federal government’s complexity, Vaughn and Villalobos offer a sober, empirical analysis of what precisely constitutes a czar and what role they have played in the modern presidency.
|Publisher:||University of Michigan Press|
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About the Author
Justin S. Vaughn is Associate Professor of Political Science at Boise State University.
José D. Villalobos is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Texas at El Paso.
Table of Contents
List of Abbreviations xi
Chapter 1 What Is a Czar? 9
Chapter 2 Why Czars? A Theoretical Explanation for the Rise of Presidential Policy Czars 21
Chapter 3 The Gradual Institutionalization of America's Energy Policy: The Case of the Energy Czar 41
Chapter 4 Commanding the War on Drugs: The Drug Czar and the Office of National Drug Control Policy 61
Chapter 5 Founding and Fumbling the AIDS Czar: Bill Clinton and the Office of National AIDS Policy 99
Chapter 6 Coordination in a Post-9/11 World: George W. Bush's Czars and the War on Terror 123
Chapter 7 War of the Czars: The Battle over Barack Obama's White House Staff 147