Archive for the ‘Presidency’ Category


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.


October 11, 2011


The briefing

September 12, 2011

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Deficit Spending

July 25, 2011

New York Times


Dr. Frances Kelsey

June 5, 2011

“President John F. Kennedy presents the President’s Award for Distinguished Federal Civilian Service to Dr. Frances Kelsey in August, 1962, for her role in protecting the public health and averting catastrophic birth defects across the U.S. by refusing to approve the drug thalidomide.” US FDA History.