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How Policy Conditions the Impact of Presidential Speeches on Legislative Success


  • Matthew Eshbaugh-Soha


Although the impact of the president's rhetoric on public opinion remains unfound, it appears to increase the president's success in Congress. This article argues that instead of moving public opinion, presidential speeches act as informational cues for legislators and holds that the impact of the president's public speeches in Congress is conditional on the salience and complexity of the policy voted on by Congress. Copyright (c) 2010 by the Southwestern Social Science Association.

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  • Matthew Eshbaugh-Soha, 2010. "How Policy Conditions the Impact of Presidential Speeches on Legislative Success," Social Science Quarterly, Southwestern Social Science Association, vol. 91(2), pages 415-435.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:socsci:v:91:y:2010:i:2:p:415-435

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    1. Below, Amy, 2013. "Obstacles in energy security: An analysis of congressional and presidential framing in the United States," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 62(C), pages 860-868.

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