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The Lengthened Shadow of Another Institution? Ideal Point Estimates for the Executive Branch and Congress


Anthony M. Bertelli


USC Price School of Public Policy; USC Gould School of Law; University of Birmingham

Christian R. Grose


University of Southern California

April 21, 2011

American Journal of Political Science, Forthcoming

Abstract:     
While the president’s relationship to Congress has been carefully studied, the broader executive branch has received far less attention in that context. Scholars rely on assumptions about the relationship between the president and cabinet departments that remain untested. We construct the first statistical portrait of executive branch ideology by estimating ideal points for members of Congress, presidents, and the heads of cabinet-level departments between 1991-2004 in a Bayesian framework. We empirically assess claims about the composition of the president’s administrative team and the influence of institutions on the ideology of principal executive decision-makers. We also test an important claim regarding the tradeoff between ideological congruence and budgetary authority to demonstrate the utility of our estimates for other scholars. Our analysis reveals a new picture of the executive branch as ideologically diverse, casting into doubt some essential assumptions in a substantial body of work on the separation of powers.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 51

Keywords: ideal point estimates, president, cabinet, executive branch, administrative agency, congress, separation-of-powers, spatial model

JEL Classification: D72, D73

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Date posted: April 25, 2011  

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Bertelli, Anthony M. and Grose, Christian R., The Lengthened Shadow of Another Institution? Ideal Point Estimates for the Executive Branch and Congress (April 21, 2011). American Journal of Political Science, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1818182

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Anthony M. Bertelli (Contact Author)
USC Price School of Public Policy ( email )
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0626
United States
USC Gould School of Law
699 Exposition Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90089
United States

University of Birmingham
School of Government and Society
Edgbaston
Birmingham, B15 2TT
United Kingdom
Christian R. Grose
University of Southern California ( email )
Von KleinSmid Center, 327
Los Angeles, CA 90089
United States
HOME PAGE: http://www.christiangrose.com
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