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Democracy Matters - Episode 53: Does The President Have a Mandate?


by Carah Ong Whaley

 
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SUMMARY: Dr. Julia Azari, associate professor of political science at Marquette University, joins us to discuss the logic of presidential mandates, achieving policy and legislative agendas, government responsiveness and collective representation.


Does President Joe Biden have a mandate to enact his policies and agenda? Why are presidents drawn to mandate rhetoric? What can we learn from presidential communications about the logic of presidential mandates? How do popular and media conceptions of mandates differ from those of presidents and their teams? Although political scientists have been pretty adamant that mandates aren’t real, the idea of an electoral mandate remains powerful.

In this episode, we talk with Dr. Julia Azari, associate professor of political science at Marquette University. Her research interests include the American presidency, political parties and political rhetoric. She is the author of Delivering the People’s Message: The Changing Politics of the Presidential Mandate. She hosts a sister podcast in the Democracy Group, “Politics In Question,” and is also a contributor to FiveThirtyEight.

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Published: Sunday, February 28, 2021

Last Updated: Thursday, April 28, 2022

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