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Delivering the People's Message: The Changing Politics of the Presidential Mandate

Julia R. Azari


Presidents have long invoked electoral mandates to justify the use of executive power. This book draws on an original dataset of more than 1,500 presidential communications, as well as primary documents from six presidential libraries, to systematically examine choices made by presidents ranging from Herbert Hoover in 1928 to Barack Obama during his 2008 election. The book argues that Ronald Reagan's election in 1980 marked a shift from the modern presidency formed by Franklin Delano Roosevelt to a more partisan era for the presidency. This partisan model is a form of governance in which the p ... More

Keywords: presidents, electoral mandates, executive power, Herbert Hoover, Barack Obama, Ronald Reagan, Franklin D. Roosevelt, mandate rhetoric

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780801452246
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801452246.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Julia R. Azari, author
Assistant Professor of Political Science, Marquette University