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Continuity, Competence, and the Succession of Senate-Confirmed Agency Appointees, 1989-2009
Presidential Studies Quarterly (2009)
  • Matt Dull, Virginia Tech
  • Patrick S. Roberts, Virginia Tech
Abstract

The authors examine patterns of appointee continuity during the presidential administrations of George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush using data tracking Senate-confirmed agency appointee tenure, turnover, and vacancies between 1989 and 2009. Surveying existing scholarship on the link between appointee continuity and organizational performance, they highlight opportunities to expand research in this field. Though efforts to “fix” the rules governing agency appointments may be as inevitable as the appointee process is in some basic respects unfixable, the authors conclude by advocating a far less ambitious goal: a measure of clarity.

Keywords
  • Patrick S. Roberts,
  • Presidency,
  • Appointees
Publication Date
September, 2009
Citation Information
Matt Dull and Patrick S. Roberts. "Continuity, Competence, and the Succession of Senate-Confirmed Agency Appointees, 1989-2009" Presidential Studies Quarterly (2009)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/matthew_dull/4/