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Managing the President's Program: Presidential Leadership and Legislative Policy Formulation (Princeton Studies in American Politics) Paperback – September 1, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0691095011 ISBN-10: 0691095019

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Product Details

  • Series: Princeton Studies in American Politics
  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (September 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691095019
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691095011
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #669,340 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Winner of the Neustadt award

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"This is an impressive piece of work--extremely well written, clear and exhaustive, almost to a fault. Reflecting immense effort and scholarship, it offers presidency scholars new data, new insights, and interesting, often surprising findings. Managing the President's Program will soon take its place as the standard reference for work dealing with presidential-bureaucratic policymaking and its consequences."--Daniel Ponder, University of Colorado

"Andrew Rudalevige has gained access to an exceedingly important and long awaited data set and will be the first one to publish results. He makes a very good case for the importance of centralization and ties this to the growing literature of 'new institutionalism,' an important emerging approach in quantitative studies of the presidency. His book will get considerable and deserved attention."--Steven Shull, University of New Orleans

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "o_harry" on June 2, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book just won the Neustadt Award from the American Political Science Association as the best book on the presidency (I guess for 2002). Having read it in a graduate school seminar last spring, I concur with the choice. It's the best recent book I've read on how presidents deploy their staff to produce legislative policy proposals. Rudalevige suggests a theory for when presidents will use centralized White House staff and when they will rely on the bureaucracy that is grounded in the "transaction cost" field of economics. His argument is convincing, if sometimes abstruse (especially I would guess for non-academics; this book is *not* a Bob Caro kind of book about politics).
The blend of methodologies is what I appreciated most, perhaps. There's a great battle in political science between those who use statistics (quantitative methodology) and those who focus on historical or archival data (qualitative methodology). Presidency books have tended to fall in the latter camp -- one neat thing about this book is that it does both. It uses careful archival research, from presidential libraries and the OMB archives, and uses that to code a large dataset for statistical analysis. There are two quantitative chapters that non-political scientists might want to avoid, though they are summed up in the concluding chapter.
All in all, an important work for presidency scholars; a very informative read for those with an interest in the presidency (and willing to tolerate discussion of political science methods!)
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More About the Author

Andrew Rudalevige was born in Philadelphia but grew up in the Boston suburbs, where he learned to love the ocean, the T, and, at great cost to his emotional stability, the Red Sox. He went to Watertown High School and then to the University of Chicago. After graduation he worked in the Massachusetts State Senate and on political campaigns, spending a term himself on the Watertown Town Council, before going back to do graduate work in political science at Harvard University.

Receiving his PhD in 2000, he taught at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. In the fall of 2012 he joined the faculty of Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, where he is Thomas Brackett Reed Professor of Government.

Rudalevige was a fellow at Princeton University's Center for the Study of Democratic Politics in 2004-05. From 2007 to 2009, he served as the director of Dickinson's humanities study abroad program in London and Norwich, England, and as a visiting professor at the University of East Anglia. In fall 2011 he taught at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques at the University of Lyon, France.

His current research & writing projects address questions of policy implementation and the president's ability to direct it. Book projects on various aspects of the president's role as "chief executive," as well as the presidency of Ronald Reagan, are in progress.

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