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Popular presidents can influence Congress with the State of the Union, but an unpopular president will simply be ignored

Lovett, John, Bevan, Shaun and Baumgartner, Frank (2014) Popular presidents can influence Congress with the State of the Union, but an unpopular president will simply be ignored. USApp– American Politics and Policy Blog (11 Nov 2014). Website.

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Abstract

Next year, President Obama will face both a Republican House and Senate, potentially reducing significantly his power over the legislature. Could the increasingly unpopular Obama still exercise some degree of influence through his State of the Union address? Using more than 60 years of data on Congressional policy agendas and the State of the Union John Lovett, Shaun Bevan, and Frank Baumgartner find that the president is more able to influence congressional committees soon after the State of the Union, when they share the same party, and when the president is popular. They also find that this influence is greater over the House than the Senate.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/
Additional Information: © 2014 The Authors, USApp– American Politics and Policy Blog, The London School of Economics and Political Science.; Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
Sets: Collections > LSE American Politics and Policy (USAPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2014 15:09
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2020 23:09
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/60423

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