The Journal of Politics


The First Hoover Commission and the Managerial Presidency

Peri E. Arnold

Regardless of watergate, the concept of the strong, managerial Presidency is shared today by both major parties in the United States. But bipartisanship about the role and scope of presidential authority is a relatively recent development in our history. Just over four decades ago, the issue of expanding presidential power lay at the heart of the vitriolic debate over the New Deal.

Peri E. Arnold is assistant professor of government at the University of Notre Dame.