Explaining Congressional-Presidential Relations

A Multiple Perspective Approach

By Steven A. Shull & Thomas C. Shaw

Subjects: American Government
Series: SUNY series on the Presidency: Contemporary Issues
Paperback : 9780791442746, 200 pages, July 1999
Hardcover : 9780791442739, 200 pages, August 1999

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Table of contents

List of Tables and Figures



About the Authors

Chapter 1

Chapter 2
A Multiple Perspectives Approach

Chapter 3
Measurement Strategies

Chapter 4
Presidential Position Taking

Chapter 5
Legislative Support

Chapter 6
Veto Propensity

Chapter 7
Budget Agreement

Chapter 8

Methodological Appendix




Provides a multivariate analysis of presidential-congressional interaction.


CHOICE 2000 Outstanding Academic Title

Explaining Congressional-Presidential Relations examines government activities involving direct interactions between presidents and Congress and considers whether they are influenced by executive, legislative, and/or exogenous factors. The book encompasses presidential position taking on legislative votes, legislative support of presidents' positions, presidents' propensity to veto legislation, and budget agreement between the two branches, all of which are elements in the adoption of public policy.

Steven A. Shull is Research Professor of Political Science at the University of New Orleans. He is the author of several books including Presidential-Congressional Relations: Policy and Time Approaches. Thomas C. Shaw is Survey Specialist II at the National Opinion Research Corporation in Chicago.


"This book has two major strengths. First, the models developed to explain presidential-congressional interactions combine factors from several perspectives in previous research and add an additional exogenous variable. This original strategy allows evaluation of previous research, and as such, represents an important contribution to the discipline. Second, the book is well written. This is no small accomplishment in the social sciences. While the topic is sophisticated, if one reads carefully and follows the logical progression in each chapter, the authors' writing style is accessible and coherent. " — Mark J. Peterson, Pittsburg State University

"In a period of heightened partisanship, divided government, and sharp rhetorical conflict between the branches, understanding what factors affect this interaction is a significant issue. " — Richard Fleisher, Fordham University