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President in the Legislative Arena

ISBN-10: 0226064107
ISBN-13: 9780226064109
Edition: 1990 (Reprint)
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Description: In recent years, the executive branch's ability to maneuver legislation through Congress has become the measure of presidential success or failure. Although the victor of legislative battles is often readily discernible, debate is growing over how  More...

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Book details

List price: $34.00
Copyright year: 1990
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 1/10/1992
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 267
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

In recent years, the executive branch's ability to maneuver legislation through Congress has become the measure of presidential success or failure. Although the victor of legislative battles is often readily discernible, debate is growing over how such victories are achieved. In The President in the Legislative Arena, Jon R. Bond and Richard Fleisher depart dramatically from the concern with presidential influence that has dominated research on presidential-congressional relations for the past thirty years. Of the many possible factors involved in presidential success, those beyond presidential control have long been deemed unworthy of study. Bond and Fleisher disagree. Turning to democratic theory, they insist that it is vitally important to understand the conditions under which the executive brance prevails, regardless of the source of that success. Accordingly, they provide a thorough and unprecedented analysis of presidential success on congressional roll-call votes from 1953 through 1984. Their research demonstrates that the degree of cooperation between the two branches is much more systematically linked to the partisan and ideological makeup of Congress than to the president's bargaining ability and popularity. Thus the composition of Congress "inherited" by the president is the single most significant determinant of the success or failure of the executive branch.

Preface
Introduction
Sources of Linkage: Literature and Theory
Presidential Success in Congress
Party, Ideology, and Presidential Success
Congressional Leadership and Presidential Success
Policy Context: The Two Presidencies Thesis
Presidential Popularity and Presidential Success
Presidential Leadership Skill
Conclusions
Defining and Measuring Party Factions
Interpreting Results from Probit Analysis
References
Index

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