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When it comes to executive actions, Americans’ partisan and policy preferences trump constitutional concerns

Christenson, Dino and Kriner, Douglas (2016) When it comes to executive actions, Americans’ partisan and policy preferences trump constitutional concerns. USApp– American Politics and Policy Blog (12 Jul 2016). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

Facing a gridlocked Congress, the last 18 months have seen President Obama make increasing use – as promised – of his “pen and phone” to implement policy via executive actions. While Obama has been roundly criticized from the right for taking such unilateral actions, do Americans instinctively oppose them? Using survey experiments to test this question, Dino Christenson and Douglas Kriner find little evidence that Americans oppose unilateral actions as threats to checks and balances. Instead, constitutional concerns are overwhelmed by partisanship and policy preferences. The means through which the president pursues his policy priorities – be it legislation or unilateral action – is largely irrelevant.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/
Additional Information: © 2016 The Authors, USApp – American Politics and Policy Blog, The London School of Economics and Political Science.; Online
Divisions: Public Policy Group
Subjects: J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
Sets: Research centres and groups > LSE Public Policy Group
Collections > LSE American Politics and Policy (USAPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2016 14:37
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2019 23:22
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/67766

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