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President Obama placed his most competent appointees in agencies most important to—and most resistant to—his political agenda

Hollibaugh, Gary E., Horton, Gabriel and Lewis, David E. (2014) President Obama placed his most competent appointees in agencies most important to—and most resistant to—his political agenda. LSE American Politics and Policy (26 May 2014). Website.

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Abstract

One of President Obama’s most important tasks upon entering office in 2008 was the filling of more than 3,000 appointed positions within the federal government. But what governed these appointments, policy expertise or political reasons such as campaign experience? By studying more than 1,300 of Obama’s presidential appointments Gary E. Hollibaugh, Jr., Gabriel Horton, and David E. Lewis find that he appointed individuals with policy expertise to agencies responsible for policies on his agenda and those who were more conservative. They write that more liberal agencies tended to have more appointees with campaign experience or political connections rather than policy expertise.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/
Additional Information: © 2014 The Authors
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Sets: Collections > LSE American Politics and Policy (USAPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2014 10:42
Last Modified: 08 May 2021 23:17
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/58891

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