Bitter Harvest: FDR, Presidential Power and the Growth of by Matthew J. Dickinson

By Matthew J. Dickinson

This e-book argues that sleek presidents might study a lot from Franklin Roosevelt's approach to organizing his presidency. Roosevelt consciously shunned a wide, functionally really good White condo paperwork. in its place, he constructed employees firms composed often of civil servants and in my view controlled them utilizing aggressive administrative practices. Matthew Dickinson is the 1st student to reconstruct the tools FDR used and his examine indicates sleek presidents may benefit tremendously through learning them.

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345-59; Hart, The Presidential Branch, pp. 97-109; and Hess, Organizing the Presidency, pp. 225-6. 37 But this layering of positions removes the president from direct oversight of staff activities. Consequently, he is less able to ensure that they are working in his interest. Equally important, as staffs grow larger, members are less able to gauge the probable impact of their actions on a president's bargaining preferences. 38 This means the information and expertise they transmit to the president may be less relevant to his needs.

Chubb and Paul E. ), Can the Government Govern? : The Brookings Institution, 1989). Immediately after the disclosure of the diversion of funds to the contras, Reagan appointed the three-person President's Special Review Board, commonly called the Tower Commission, which issued its report in February 1987. See The Tower Commission Report: The Full Text of the President's Special Review Board (New York: jointly published by Bantam Books, Inc. and Times Books, 1987) (paperback version) (hereafter Tower Commission Report).

23, 1993, p. 17A. On the second staff shakeup, see Douglas Jehl "Clinton Shuffles His Aides, Selecting Budget Director as White House Staff Chief," The New York Times, June 28,1994, p. Ai; Michael Kranish "McLarty out, Panetta in as Clinton Shakes Staff," Boston Globe, June 28, 1994, p. 1; Marshall Ingwerson, "Deficit Hawks Rise to the Top in White House," The Christian Science Monitor, June 29, 1994, p. ," Los Angeles Times, July 3, 1994, Part M, p. 1. In September 1994, the Clinton White House underwent still another staff shake-up.

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