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Going it Alone: The Politics of Signing Statements from Reagan to Bush II


  • Christopher S. Kelley
  • Bryan W. Marshall


Until recently, the signing statement-a written statement the president can append to a bill after he signs it into law-remained buried in the footnotes of history. However, for modern presidents, the signing statement has become one important, albeit understudied, example of "presidential unilateralism"-strategies employed to preserve executive prerogatives and advance presidential policy in the face of gridlock. This article examines how presidents exert influence through signing statements and their role in the context of the separation of powers. Copyright (c) 2010 by the Southwestern Social Science Association.

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  • Christopher S. Kelley & Bryan W. Marshall, 2010. "Going it Alone: The Politics of Signing Statements from Reagan to Bush II," Social Science Quarterly, Southwestern Social Science Association, vol. 91(1), pages 168-187.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:socsci:v:91:y:2010:i:1:p:168-187

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