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The Institutional Effects of Executive Scandals

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  • Date Published: April 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107102972

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  • Watergate, Iran-Contra, Lewinsky, Enron, Bridgegate: according to the popular media, executive scandals are ubiquitous. Although individual scandals persist in the public memory and as the subject of academic study, how do we understand the impacts of executive indiscretion or malfeasance as a whole? What effect, if any, do scandals have on political polarization, governance, and most importantly democratic accountability? Recognizing the important and enduring role of scandals in American government, this book proposes a common intellectual framework for understanding their nature and political effects. Brandon Rottinghaus takes a systematic look the dynamics of the duration of scandals, the way they affect presidents and governors' capacity to govern, and the strategic choices executives make in confronting scandal at both the state and national levels. His findings reveal much about not only scandal, but the operation of American politics.

    • The first book to systematically examine the impacts of executive scandal on governance
    • Includes an analysis of all scandals from 1972 to 2012 involving US presidents and governors
    • Examines the strategic justification behind why executives lie following the outbreak of public and media attention
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    "Presidential scholars will welcome and benefit from this finely crafted and useful book. The author is balanced and fair-minded, and allows the data to do the talking."
    Michael A. Genovese, Congress and the Presidency

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2015
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107102972
    • length: 230 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 160 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • contains: 23 b/w illus. 21 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Studying scandals: state and national executive scandals
    2. Strategic decisions: stonewall or come clean?
    3. The institutional and political dynamics to political survival
    4. The effect of scandal on executive action and policy selection
    5. The effect of scandals on executive-legislative relations
    6. Scandals and charges of corruption
    7. The impacts and implications of executive scandals on the American political system.

  • Author

    Brandon Rottinghaus, University of Houston
    Brandon Rottinghaus is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Senator Don Henderson Scholar at the University of Houston. Professor Rottinghaus is the co-founder of the Presidential Proclamations Project, an online resource documenting presidential use of unilateral powers through executive proclamation. His most recent book is The Provisional Pulpit: Modern Presidential Leadership of Public Opinion (2010).

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