Episode 53: Does The President Have a Mandate?
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. 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. See the show notes with links mentioned in this episode at https://j.mu/news/civic/2021/02-28-democracy-matters-episode-53.shtml