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Far from being mere ‘servants of Congress’, pre-20th century presidents were able to use federal resources to their partisan advantage

Rogowski, Jon C. (2016) Far from being mere ‘servants of Congress’, pre-20th century presidents were able to use federal resources to their partisan advantage. USApp – American Politics and Policy Blog (01 Dec 2016). Website.

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Abstract

Often characterized as impotent and servile to their parties, early American presidents have been thought to have been insignificant to policy outcomes. As Jon C. Rogowski’s work on presidential influence over the Post Office Department uncovers, however, 19th-century presidents were able to make a noticeable difference to the national distribution of federal resources, to the advantage of their fellow party politicians. His findings require a reassessment of the relative power of early presidents, and suggest their impotence has been significantly overstated.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
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 © CC BY-NC-ND 3.0; Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
Sets: Collections > LSE American Politics and Policy (USAPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2017 10:56
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2020 23:22
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/69300

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