The President's Legislative Agenda

  title={The President's Legislative Agenda},
  author={James P. Pfiffner},
  journal={The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science},
  pages={22 - 35}
  • J. P. Pfiffner
  • Published 1 September 1988
  • Political Science
  • The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
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