With thanks to Rick Waterman for his feedback and patience. The author is pleased to share all data and coding for replication purposes.
“A Majority is the Best Repartee”: Barack Obama and Congress, 2009-2012†
Article first published online: 9 OCT 2012
© 2012 by the Southwestern Social Science Association
Social Science Quarterly
Volume 93, Issue 5, pages 1272–1294, December 2012
How to Cite
Rudalevige, A. (2012), “A Majority is the Best Repartee”: Barack Obama and Congress, 2009-2012. Social Science Quarterly, 93: 1272–1294. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-6237.2012.00910.x
- Issue published online: 5 NOV 2012
- Article first published online: 9 OCT 2012
To trace the relationship between Barack Obama and Congress during his first term.
A largely qualitative review of the literature on presidential-congressional relations and of Obama's interactions with Congress and the lessons he drew from them.
Obama's practice, if not his rhetoric, shifted even before 2010 from an effort to transcend partisanship to using it to pass his legislative program. After the debt crisis negotiations of 2011, the president has sought to run against, and around, the legislative branch.
Polarized preferences and rigid partisanship made it impossible for Obama to expect large-scale change to attract consensual support. That does not appear likely to change in the near future, whoever is president after the 2012 election.