The President as Reformer: When Do Presidents Initiate Administrative Reform through Legislation?

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  • SCOTT E. ROBINSON

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    1. University of Texas at Dallas
      Scott E. Robinson is assistant professor of political science and public affairs at the University of Texas at Dallas.
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  • AUTHOR's NOTE: The author would like to thank the Center for Presidential Studies and the Department of Political Science at Texas A&M University for their financial support of this research.

Scott E. Robinson is assistant professor of political science and public affairs at the University of Texas at Dallas.

Abstract

Scholars interested in executive agencies devote a considerable amount of time to studying various proposals said to make government more effective. Some authors have studied the processes that generate the seemingly continuous stream of reform proposals. This article looks at the stream of proposals coming from one component of the administrative reform system, the president. Statistical tests compare whether the president's level of reform activity is more a product of managerial or political factors. The findings suggest that presidential administrative reform legislation is largely a product of political opportunities.

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