The Political Economy of the US Presidency

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This article looks at the political economy of the US Presidency. It provides a brief review of how the American political and constitutional order helps shape the presidents' incentive structure and how it defines the available tools of governance. It examines the intellectual roots of the political economy approach, before looking at significant developments. The article also claims that scholars have been able to identify three causal mechanisms at work in presidential governance, namely: proposal power, veto power, and strategic pre-action. A review of works on these three causal mechanisms is included in the article.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Political Economy
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191577437
ISBN (Print)9780199548477
StatePublished - Jun 19 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences


  • Causal mechanisms
  • Constitutional order
  • Political economy
  • Political order
  • Presidential governance
  • Tools of governance
  • Us presidency


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