The When and Why of Nominations: Determinants of Presidential Appointments
Forthcoming, American Politics Research
42 Pages Posted: 11 Dec 2015 Last revised: 4 Jan 2016
Date Written: December 31, 2015
Scholars interested in bargaining over political appointments typically analyze the duration between the candidate’s nomination and eventual disposition, ignoring the prior period between vacancy and nomination. Using a dataset of vacancies reported to the Government Accountability Office, we instead examine the nomination stage. We uncover both commonalities and differences between the dynamics of nomination and those of confirmation. Ideological divergence between the President and the Senate filibuster pivot tends to delay nominations, but only under divided government. Presidents move more quickly on more important positions, but are also influenced by the ideological leanings of the agencies.
Keywords: presidential appointments, vacancies, duration models, event history models, Cox models
JEL Classification: D7, D70, D72, D73
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