Czars in the White House

The Rise of Policy Czars as Presidential Management Tools

Subjects: Political Science, American Politics
Hardcover : 9780472119585, 248 pages, 5 tables, 6 x 9, June 2015
Ebook : 9780472121113, 264 pages, 5 tables, June 2015
Paperback : 9780472036943, 248 pages, 5 tables, 6 x 9, October 2017
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An empirical analysis of the role of czars as tools for making and implementing policy

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When Barack Obama entered the White House, he followed a long-standing precedent for the development and implementation of major policies by appointing administrators—so-called policy czars—charged with directing the response to the nation’s most pressing crises. Demonstrating that the creation of policy czars is a strategy for combating partisan polarization and navigating the federal government’s complexity, Vaughn and Villalobos offer a sober, empirical analysis of what precisely constitutes a czar and what role they have played in the modern presidency.

Justin S. Vaughn is Associate Professor of Political Science at Boise State University.  José D. Villalobos is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Texas at El Paso.

Listen: Justin Vaughn on the New Books Network podcast (Link) | 9/07/2015