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It is well understood that the president is a powerful agenda-setting influence in Congress. But how exactly does the president, who lacks any formal power in early stages of the legislative process, influence the congressional agenda? In The Presidential Agenda, Roger T. Larocca argues that the president’s agenda-setting influence arises from two informal powers: the ability to communicate directly to voters and the ability to control the expertise of the many executive agencies that advise Congress on policy. Larocca develops a theoretical model that explains how the president can raise the public salience of issues in his major addresses, long accepted as one of the president’s strongest agenda-setting tools. He also develops a theoretical model that explains how control over executive agency expertise yields a more reliable and persistent influence on the congressional agenda than presidential addresses. The Presidential Agenda tests these theoretical models with an innovative empirical study of presidential agenda setting. Using data from all House and Senate Commerce Committee bills from 1979 to 2002, Larocca converts information about bills into information about policy issues and then traces the path of presidential influence through the committee and floor stages of legislative consideration.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Part I. The Theoretical Problem of Presidential Agenda Setting in Congress
  2. pp. 1-2
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  1. 1. An Informational Theory of Presidential Agenda Setting
  2. pp. 3-20
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  1. 2. Game Theory and Presidential Agenda Setting
  2. pp. 21-31
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  1. 3. Public Addresses and the Legislative Programming Process
  2. pp. 32-46
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  1. 4. Draft Bills and the Legislative Clearance Process
  2. pp. 47-60
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  1. Part II. An Empirical Study of Presidential Agenda Setting in Congress
  2. pp. 61-62
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  1. 5. Redefining Congressional Agenda Setting
  2. pp. 63-86
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  1. 6. Presidential Agenda Setting in the House
  2. pp. 87-116
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  1. 7. Presidential Agenda Setting in the Senate
  2. pp. 117-141
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  1. 8. Information and Presidential Agenda Setting
  2. pp. 142-148
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  1. Appendices
  2. p. 149
  1. Appendix A: Proof of Legislative Programming Equilibrium
  2. pp. 149-159
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  1. Appendix B: Proof of Legislative Clearance Equilibrium
  2. pp. 160-164
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  1. Appendix C: Tables of Comparative Characteristics of House and Senate Committees
  2. pp. 165-167
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  1. Appendix D: The Linear Model with Dichotomous Independent Variables
  2. pp. 168-171
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  1. Appendix E: Indirect and Total Effects in Path Analysis
  2. pp. 172-173
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  1. Appendix F: Tables of Regression Coefficients for Direct Effects on House Agenda
  2. pp. 174-178
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  1. Appendix G: Tables of Regression Coefficients for Direct Effects on Senate Agenda
  2. pp. 179-182
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  1. Notes
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  1. Bibliography
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  1. Index
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  1. Other Titles in the Series
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780814272411
Related ISBN
9780814210338
MARC Record
OCLC
1229137927
Pages
205
Launched on MUSE
2021-01-09
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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