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Appointee Confirmation and Tenure: Politics, Policy, and Professionalism in Federal Agency Leadership, 1989-2009

32 Pages Posted: 13 Aug 2009 Last revised: 2 Sep 2009

Matthew M. Dull

Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University

Patrick Roberts

Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University

Sang Ok Choi

Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University

Michael Keeney

Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University - Center for Public Administration and Policy

Date Written: 2009

Abstract

A growing empirical research literature examines the role of presidential appointees in institutional and administrative politics. Using a new dataset spanning two decades of Senate-confirmed agency appointments (1989-2009), we analyze two dimensions of appointee politics: the length of time to confirm agency appointees and the duration of appointee service. We develop empirical models demonstrating the influence of appointee position characteristics; types of policies and issue areas; agency professionalism and appointee penetration; congressional oversight; and presidential power on appointee confirmation and tenure. The analysis yields important insight contributing at once to scholarship on the inter-institutional politics of agency administration, as well as to developing knowledge about the consequences of current arrangements for the continuity and, by extension, the effectiveness of agency leadership.

Suggested Citation

Dull, Matthew M. and Roberts, Patrick and Choi, Sang Ok and Keeney, Michael, Appointee Confirmation and Tenure: Politics, Policy, and Professionalism in Federal Agency Leadership, 1989-2009 (2009). APSA 2009 Toronto Meeting Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1450719

Matthew M. Dull (Contact Author)

Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University ( email )

Blacksburg, VA 24061
United States

Patrick Roberts

Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University ( email )

Center for Public Administration and Policy
School of Public and International Affairs
Blacksburg, VA 24061
United States

Sang Ok Choi

Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University ( email )

Center for Public Administration and Policy
104 Draper Rd
Blacksburg, VA 24061
United States
540-231-6946 (Phone)

Michael Keeney

Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University - Center for Public Administration and Policy ( email )

104 Draper Road (0520)
Blacksburg, VA 24061
United States

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