Presidential vetoes and public policy /
Richard A. Watson.
Lawrence, Kan. : University of Kansas Press, c1993.
xiv, 212 p. ; 23 cm.
0700606203 (alk. paper) :
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Lawrence, Kan. : University of Kansas Press, c1993.
0700606203 (alk. paper) :
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Watson's extensive analysis of vetoes from FDR to Carter adds to our knowledge of this important presidential power. Watson examines the frequency of vetoes, the content of veto messages and the ability of presidents to sustain their vetoes. Watson also discusses the legal controversies associated with both the pocket and the item vetoes. Unlike earlier work Watson restricts his analysis to vetoes of significant pieces of legislation, a change in tactics which produces interesting results. Specifically, although presidents have their vetoes sustained more often than not, the rate of congressional success is much higher than previously reported and many pieces of vetoed legislation are later repassed in compromised form. A good addition to graduate and research collections. A. D. McNitt; Eastern Illinois University
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The veto power, claimed Woodrow Wilson, is the president's most formidable prerogative. Despite that assertion, Richard Watson shows that the presidential veto of significant legislation is frequently overridden by Congress. Although the veto has a major impact on public policy, past research on it has dealt only with legal and historical issues. This is the first systematic, in-depth study of the actual effect of the use of the veto. Watson focuses on those elements of the policy-making process that influence presidential veto decisions. His analysis of presidential vetoes from Franklin Roosevelt through Jimmy Carter clarifies the problems caused by the veto and reveals how it has shaped public policy. He tells what conditions provoke the president's reliance on the veto and Congress's decision whether to try to override it. He also explores why vetoes have often triggered bitter disputes over the degree and scope of presidential power and its role in the legislative process. Watson concludes that the veto,power has operated well in terms of both public policy and relations between Congress and the president and argues that it would be a mistake to alter it through the adoption of an item veto.
Table of Contents
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Origin, Establishment, and Development of the President's Veto Powerp. 1
Presidential Vetoes from Roosevelt through Carter: An Overviewp. 31
Executive Branch Influence on Presidential Vetoesp. 69
Other Influences on Presidential Vetoesp. 105
Reasons for and Public-Policy Effects of Presidential Vetoesp. 133
The Item Vetop. 153
Conclusionsp. 189
Indexp. 199
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