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Patterns of Presidential Decisions

Kenneth W. Shotts

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226092492.003.0007
Patterns of Presidential Decisions

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This chapter assesses the Conditional Pandering Theory with a larger data set of presidential decisions. More specifically, these data concern annually recurring presidential proposals on eleven policy issues across three decades. This analysis not only assesses the verisimilitude of the theory but also reveals general patterns in the relationship between public opinion and presidential policymaking. The chapter proceeds in four sections: a brief review of the predictions on policy congruence from the Conditional Pandering Theory and previous literature; a description of the data; a presentation of the technical details of the testing; and a discussion of the results.

Keywords: presidential decisions; Conditional Pandering Theory; presidential proposals; public opinion; presidential policymaking; policy issues

Chapter.  10501 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: US Politics

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