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Wednesday, April 22 • 1:20pm - 1:40pm
Presidential Productivity & the Race for Reelection

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It has long been established that campaigning for reelection increases an incumbent president’s level of activity. It is unclear to what extent this affects their ability to maintain typical productivity. I hypothesis that due to the additional activity and stress that are inherent in the campaigning process, compromises on the president’s time and attention are so great that productivity decreases across certain powers and duties. However, evaluating the frequency that these are employed suggests quite the opposite; across multiple presidencies, the Executive is consistently more productive during the year before Election Day. This holds true for both political parties and across different levels of unity between Congress and the President


Wednesday April 22, 2015 1:20pm - 1:40pm PDT
016 Karpen Hall