Jimmy Carter and the Water Wars: Presidential Influence and the Politics of Pork

by Scott A. Frisch and Sean Q Kelly

Table of Contents


Foreword: Jimmy Carter and the Price of Political Courage

Introduction: A Shot Across the Bow

Research Design, Methodology, and Data

Organization of the Book

Chapter 1: The Veto and Presidential Influence

Veto Politics

Presidential Influence

Chapter 2: Mr. Carter Goes to Washington

Water Subsystems Politics

The Outsider: The 1976 Election

The Outsider: Transitioning to Power

The Outsider: Cabinet Government

Changes in Congress

Chapter 3: Water Projects and the Evolution of the Veto Strategy

The Water Wars: Round One 1977

Round One: Decision and Fallout

Round Two: The Veto Strategy

Working to Sustain the Veto

Chapter 4: Presidential Influence in Congress

Building Coalitions in Congress: A Framework


The Override Battle from the Inside

The Tools of Influence

Presidential Influence in Congress: A Summary

Chapter 5: Presidential Influence and the Politics of Pork

Presidential Influence in Congress

The Water Projects Veto as Strategy

The Water Wars and the Politics of Pork

Afterword: The Pork Barrel and Beyond

The Current Problem

Advice for the Next Administration and Congress

Appendix A: Full Model of Presidential Influence on the Veto Override


About the Authors


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