Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD HANDBOOKS ONLINE (www.oxfordhandbooks.com). © Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 22 October 2019

Abstract and Keywords

This article first discusses legislative skills in some detail. The internal executive policy-making and policy implementation processes drive the institutional components of the legislative presidency. The article then outlines the research on the impact of these skills on legislative policy output, and poses some substantive and methodological issues that scholars and practitioners need to address. It specifically addresses the divergence of opinion on the importance of presidents' legislative skills on policy outcomes in Congress. The limitations that the constitutional, institutional, and political systems impose on the exercise of presidential power in Congress create a variety of leadership problems for presidents. They widen the gap between promises and performance. Both president and Congress have a stake in making the system work by creating mechanisms for building policy consensus and for bridging the institutional and oftentimes political divide.

Keywords: legislative skills, legislative presidency, legislative policy, Congress, American president, presidential power

Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.