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Going Public: New Strategies of Presidential Leadership
Presidents are uniquely positioned to promote themselves and their polices directly to the public. Using sympathetic crowds as a backdrop, a president can rally public opinion to his side, along theExpand
Explaining Presidential Popularity: How Ad Hoc Theorizing, Misplaced Emphasis, and Insufficient Care in Measuring One's Variables Refuted Common Sense and Led Conventional Wisdom Down the Path of
Within the last ten years a new conventional wisdom has surfaced in political science which tells us that presidents inexorably become less popular over time. Not much else matters. Neither theExpand
Has Cable Ended the Golden Age of Presidential Television
For the past 30 years, presidents have enlisted prime-time television to promote their policies to the American people. For most of this era, they have been able to commandeer the national airwavesExpand
Toward Understanding 19th Century Congressional Careers. Ambition, Competition, and Rotation *
The growing careerism of congressmen at the turn of the century has been widely viewed as a chief cause for the modernization of the House of Representatives. Thus, a prominent concern of recentExpand
Presidential Popularity and Negative Voting: An Alternative Explanation of the Midterm Congressional Decline of the President's Party *
Midterm congressional elections have been generally viewed as relatively sterile affairs marked by reduced turnout, party voting, and the play of politically idiosyncratic forces such asExpand
Is Network News Coverage of the President Biased?
In recent years presidential charges of maltreatment by the press have become commonplace Various scholarly research into political communication appears to confirm the validity of these charges.Expand
Party Ballots, Reform, and the Transformation of America's Electoral System
1. An era in need of explanation 2. The puzzle of responsive elections 3. National forces in presidential elections 4. House of Representatives elections 5. Senate indirect and direct elections 6.Expand
Manufactured Responsiveness: The Impact of State Electoral Laws on Unified Party Control of the Presidency and House of Representatives, 1840–1940
The modern history of divided government in America suggests that the framers succeeded in creating a government unresponsive to popular passions. Yet in the nineteenth century the party winning theExpand
Is the Senate More Liberal than the House?
  • S. Kernell
  • Political Science
  • The Journal of Politics
  • 1 May 1973
Conventional wisdom holds that the Senate is more liberal than the House. The intuitive reasonableness of this proposition rests in part on the public images of the two chambers. The Senate's smallerExpand