MEASURING PRESIDENTIAL SUCCESS IN CONGRESS - ALTERNATIVE APPROACHES
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There are numerous obstacles to studying presidential-congressional relations. One of the most difficult to overcome is measuring presidential success. This article addresses the theoretical significance of the choice of measures, and develops and analyzes four alternative indices of presidential support in Congress. It concludes that usually it is best to employ individual-level measures of presidential support and that, although different measures produce similar results, it is useful to rely on both broad and exclusive measures in one's research. 1985, Southern Political Science Association. All rights reserved.
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