Examples of Policy Pandering and Leadership

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:
Examples of Policy Pandering and Leadership

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This chapter examines the Conditional Pandering Theory through historical narrative. It develops three case studies that concern, respectively, Carter's proposal in early 1980 to reduce humanitarian assistance, Bush's policy reversal on the extension of unemployment benefits in 1991 and 1992, and Reagan's 1983 initiative to enact a “standby tax.” In each of the historical studies, the Conditional Pandering Theory helps to explain an ostensible incongruity in each president's decision making.

Keywords: Conditional Pandering Theory; humanitarian assistance; unemployment benefits; standby tax; historical narrative; presidential decision making

Chapter.  11546 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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