Domestic Policy Appeals

in Who Leads Whom?

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2005 | ISBN: 9780226092805
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226092492 | DOI:
Domestic Policy Appeals

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This chapter examines domestic policy appeals. The chapter begins by presenting summary statistics for all nationally televised discretionary speeches from the presidential administrations of Eisenhower through Clinton. These summary data establish for a broad range of policy areas basic patterns regarding the appeals, such as the popularity of the publicized initiatives. The chapter proceeds to develop analysis that compares policymaking when presidents do and do not go public, and that accounts for the possibility presidents go public strategically. In particular, it analyzes annual budgetary negotiations for a recurring set of policy issues during presidencies from the Eisenhower one through to the Clinton one. The policy issues range from the environment to economic development to drug control. For each issue and year, data are collected on whether the president made a public appeal as well as on a variety of control variables, including whether the issue was a presidential priority, media coverage of the issue, and, where available, citizens' policy preferences. Using these data the chapter estimates how political factors affect the likelihood of domestic policy appeals and the legislative influence obtained from them.

Keywords: domestic policy appeals; presidential administrations; speeches; policymaking; control variables; presidencies

Chapter.  12556 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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