Archive for the ‘Appointees’ Category



June 21, 2012

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Secretary McAdoo

May 3, 2012

Treasury Secretary William McAdoo. March 1913. Desmond King’s Separate and Unequal: African Americans and the U.S. Federal Government (2007) describes Secretary McAdoo’s role in the Wilson administration’s policy of racial segregation, a policy that would dominate Treasury and other government agencies for the next half-century.


Wilson’s Cabinet

May 2, 2012

President Wilson’s cabinet, 1916. Library of Congress.


Workshop on Appointees – May 4-5th

May 2, 2012

This Thursday and Friday!

Appointee Politics and the Implications for Government Effectiveness

Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs


The Center for Public Administration and Policy and the School of Public and International Affairs at Virginia Tech

Dates: May 4 and 5, 2012

Location: Alexandria, Virginia


Matthew Dull and Patrick Roberts, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University,

Center for Public Administration and Policy, School of Public and International


William Resh, Indiana University, School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Registration: Andina Nagler, Virginia Tech (

Local Host: Patrick Roberts, Virginia Tech, (, 202-549-4987


The workshop will engage scholars and government officials in empirical and theoretical questions about the role of Senate-confirmed appointees in American government. The workshop aims to build a community of scholars working on appointees, and it aims to connect scholars and government officials concerned about reforms to the appointment process. We hope this will be the first in a series of events.

Here’s the Workshop Agenda.


Who’s Running the Country?

January 14, 2012

A friend says the headline for this article in the VT Research Magazine about our ongoing study Senate-confirmed political appointees suggests perhaps I’m running the country. Not so, but I appreciate the great article and the photo (which makes me look studious). Previous posts about the appointees project here and here . Here’s an article with an overview of the dataset we’ve developed.



May 31, 2011

In the Washington Post (5/29):

“A Virginia Tech graduate student hit save on her overview of the state workers’ compensation commission one spring day, but before her professor could take a look at it, someone else began deleting entire sections, calling them trivial and promotional.

 It wasn’t a teaching assistant on a power trip — it was a Wikipedia editor known only as “Mean as custard.”

 “I had worked on it for almost an entire day,” said Amy Pearson, a public administration master’s student. “It was kind of shocking.”

 This school year, dozens of professors from across the country gave students an unexpected assignment: Write Wikipedia entries about public policy issues.”

What lazy academic subjects students to the arbitrary authority of a nameless Wikipedia editors?

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In Roll Call: Obama’s Appointees

October 2, 2009

In Roll Call (9/29): Patrick Roberts and Matthew Dull, “Is Obama using his appointment power effectively?”

And, on the VT-NCR website (thanks to Barbara Micale!)