Do Presidents Control Bureaucracy? The Federal Housing Administration During the Truman-Eisenhower Era
Political Science Quarterly 127 (3): 445-467, 2012
23 Pages Posted: 10 May 2013
Date Written: September 30, 2012
Charles M. Lamb and Adam W. Nye show how the Federal Housing Administration continued to permit racial segregation in its mortgage insurance program for years after the Truman administration indicated that it must alter that policy. They argue that this case study once again illustrates that presidential control has its limits as bureaucracy successfully defied presidential preferences and continued on a policy trajectory opposed by the president.
Keywords: Presidential Politics, Bureaucratic Accountability, Racial Politics, Housing Segregation
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