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In this paper we analyze individual contributions data from the 2012 Republican Party preprimary that was collected by the Federal Elections Commission (FEC). We use the basic principles of Social Network Analysis of multiple donors to discern patterns concerning presidential candidates and the Republican Party as a whole.
for advice and support on this project. We are also grateful to colleagues at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, Merit Systems Protection Board, Office of Personnel Management, and Volcker Alliance. None of these individuals or organizations is responsible for the content of the survey or any of its public reports or documents.
If presidents wish to see their policy priorities implemented, they need to establish control over career executives occupying key decision making positions. This paper considers the extent to which high-level career executives experience marginalization at the hands of new presidential administrations and whether political conflict drives them from their… (More)