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The Evolving American Presidency

President George W. Bush's Influence over Bureaucracy and Policy

Extraordinary Times, Extraordinary Powers

Editors: Provost, C., Teske, P. (Eds.)

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This book investigates the methods used by the Bush Administration to control bureaucratic agencies, including executive orders, signing directives, political appointments, and others, as well as the effects those methods have had on agency outputs.

About the authors


COLIN PROVOST is Lecturer at University College of London, UK.
PAUL TESKE is a Professor in the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado, Denver, USA.

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"This book provides an important and original collection of essays about the development of the federal bureaucracy during the George W Bush administration. The editors have gathered contributions from leading scholars of the study of bureaucracy and the resultant collection brims with meticulous new research and theoretical insight. The volume will become a key text for scholarly understanding this period in American political development. I recommend it highly." - Desmond King, Andrew Mellon Professor of American Government, Nuffield College, Oxford University

"Focusing upon aspects of President Bush's domestic policy that have received less attention than his foreign, security, and judicial policy, Colin Provost and Paul Teske ask what effects the President's expansive view of executive power has had on policy making and policy outcomes. They and their able contributors find complex patterns of agency resistance, inertia, congressional politics, and implementation failures of a kind that make Mr. Bush's presidency often less radical in its policy effectiveness than in its policy initiatives, and less completely disruptive adeparture from its predecessors than either its proponents or critics have sometimes claimed. This is a fine and welcome book on a fundamental problem in and with American politics and public policy which deservesto be widely read." - Nigel Bowles, University Lecturer and Balfour Fellow in Politics, St. Anne's College, Oxford University

"This volume, based on a conference held at the University of Oxford, brings together papers that focus on the George W. Bush administration's efforts to gain control over the American federal bureaucracy. The authors demonstrate the effectiveness of the administration's drive to appoint officials in sync with the administration's policy objectives. They also examine the impact of these personnel on policy administration, and find that changes in top personnel do not always ensure the expected outcomes. Students of administrative politics and readers interested in the sorry history of the Bush years will find this book a source of useful information and provocative interpretations of the results of the administration's efforts." - Joel Aberbach, Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, UCLA


Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Extraordinary Powers, Extraordinary Policies?

    Provost, Colin (et al.)

    Pages 1-15

  • Personnel Is Policy: George W. Bush’s Managerial Presidency

    Lewis, David E.

    Pages 19-40

  • Is the Bush Bureaucracy Any Different? A Macro-Empirical Examination of Notice and Comment Rulemaking under “43”

    Yackee, Jason Webb (et al.)

    Pages 41-59

  • Presidential Attention to Independent Regulators in the Bush Era

    Whitford, Andrew B.

    Pages 61-79

  • Coordinated Action and the Limits of Presidential Control over the Bureaucracy: Lessons from the Bush Presidency

    Krause, George A. (et al.)

    Pages 81-101

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
President George W. Bush's Influence over Bureaucracy and Policy
Book Subtitle
Extraordinary Times, Extraordinary Powers
Editors
  • C. Provost
  • P. Teske
Series Title
The Evolving American Presidency
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-62016-2
DOI
10.1057/9780230620162
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-60954-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 272
Topics