The institutional effects of executive scandals by Brandon Rottinghaus

By Brandon Rottinghaus

Watergate, Iran-Contra, Lewinsky, Enron, Bridgegate: in accordance with the preferred media, govt scandals are ubiquitous. even if person scandals persist within the public reminiscence and because the topic of educational learn, how will we comprehend the affects of government indiscretion or malfeasance as a complete? What influence, if any, do scandals have on political polarization, governance, and most significantly democratic responsibility? spotting the real and enduring position of scandals in American govt, this e-book proposes a typical highbrow framework for knowing their nature and political results. Brandon Rottinghaus takes a scientific glance the dynamics of the period of scandals, the best way they have an effect on presidents and governors' means to control, and the strategic offerings executives make in confronting scandal at either the country and nationwide degrees. His findings demonstrate a lot approximately not just scandal, however the operation of yankee politics

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Presidents Clinton and Obama had only one serious scandal each, noted above. 8 Serious scandals tended to be associated with second term presidents and three of these four administrations did not have a second term. 1 reference the raw number of scandals for each administration that meet the criteria of scandals outlined previously. Because 24 The Institutional Effects of Executive Scandals scandals are often thought to be conspiracies, it is instructive to explore the number of individuals involved in a single scandal.

As noted in the past few paragraphs, these charges range from minor fundraising violations to serious charges of corruption or fraud. Cabinet members are rarely involved in these scandals; in only 29 of the cases (8 percent) were these individuals involved. 9. Categories of type of scandal at state level. Note: Percentages indicate percentage of total scandals for each type of scandal. attorney generals, and treasurers) are often independently elected in most states, excluding them from this analysis since they are not directly appointed by the governor.

Senate. These types of scandals are also rather rare. Scandals that involve governors, although the most numerous target, rarely involve allegations of serious criminal wrongdoing. Of course, the frequency of scandal belies its importance and consequentiality to the political system. The implications of some scandals far exceed those of others. The types of scandals tend to be similar to one another at both the national and state levels. Although the ratios are different, the descending rankings of each type of scandal are the same: financial, political, personal.

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