Powersharing: White House-Cabinet Relations in the Modern Presidency
The complex relationship between the White House staff and the presidential cabinet has changed dramatically in the last 25 years. During that time, the White House has emerged as the center of power in the domestic policy process, leaving the departments with a diminishing role in initiating major policy proposals. This book focuses on powersharing between the White House and the cabinet in the policy process and examines how and why the White House has become the dominant player, relegating the departments to implementation, rather than design, of key initiatives.
Powersharing begins with an overview of the role of the modern cabinet and a discussion of the cabinet's emergence in a policy role, and then in a chapter-by-chapter analysis of presidential administrations from Nixon through Clinton chronicles the shifting balance of power from the departments to the White House in both the design and management of the nation's major domestic programs. The book concludes with an assessment of the prospects for effective powersharing between the cabinet and the White House staff.
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The Cabinet Emerges in a Policy Role
The Nixon Years
The Ford Years
The Carter Years
The Regan years
The Bush Years
The Clinton Years
2 The Ford Cabinet and Staff
3 The Carter Cabinet and Staff
4 The Reagan Cabinet and Staff
5 The Bush Cabinet and Staff
6 The Clinton Cabinet and Staff
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