Malign Neglect: Evidence That Delay Has Become the Primary Method of Defeating Presidential Appointments Academic Article uri icon


  • This analysis shows that the lengthening of the confirmation process for presidential nominations to major judicial and executive branch offices from 1965–2008 is due to a purposeful strategy to defeat presidential nominees by preventing them from getting a vote. These changes are most apparent for judicial nominations, but they are also evident to a lesser extent for executive branch nominations. We argue that party polarization of the 1990s precipitated this process. © 2009 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

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  • 9

author list (cited authors)

  • Bond, J. R., Fleisher, R., & Krutz, G. S.

citation count

  • 27

publication date

  • October 2009