AUTHORS' NOTE: We wish to thank Henry Hogue for his significant contribution to this project; the Government Accountability Office, the Office of Personnel Management, and Nolan McCarty for generously making their data available; and Tara Bryan, Michael Keeney, and Alejandra Palma for their able research assistance.
Continuity, Competence, and the Succession of Senate-Confirmed Agency Appointees, 1989-2009
Article first published online: 17 JUL 2009
© 2009 Center for the Study of the Presidency
Presidential Studies Quarterly
Volume 39, Issue 3, pages 432–453, September 2009
How to Cite
DULL, M. and ROBERTS, P. S. (2009), Continuity, Competence, and the Succession of Senate-Confirmed Agency Appointees, 1989-2009. Presidential Studies Quarterly, 39: 432–453. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-5705.2009.03699.x
- Issue published online: 17 JUL 2009
- Article first published online: 17 JUL 2009
The authors examine patterns of appointee continuity during the presidential administrations of George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush using data tracking Senate-confirmed agency appointee tenure, turnover, and vacancies between 1989 and 2009. Surveying existing scholarship on the link between appointee continuity and organizational performance, they highlight opportunities to expand research in this field. Though efforts to “fix” the rules governing agency appointments may be as inevitable as the appointee process is in some basic respects unfixable, the authors conclude by advocating a far less ambitious goal: a measure of clarity.