Chief Executives, Policymaking, and the Public

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:
Chief Executives, Policymaking, and the Public

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This chapter describes the implications of the results for circumstances in which presidents do not have better information than citizens. Citizens' policy preferences have a substantial impact on the president's role in policymaking, both in terms of executive power and decision making. When Congress is likely to reject a popular executive proposal, a president may appeal to the public about his position and thereby pressure members to enact it. Moreover, mass opinion can affect a president's likelihood of supporting an initiative. Future analysis of the president's role in the policy process should accordingly incorporate that the involvement of the mass public affects this role.

Keywords: policy preferences; policymaking; executive power; decision making; mass opinion; policy process; mass public

Chapter.  3188 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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