Richard W. Waterman

University of Kentucky
Department of Political Science
Lexington, KY

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My research is driven by my interests, which vary from time to time. The project on the courts derived when I discovered a measure in the bureaucratic politics literature which could be transposed to the court setting to test the impact of congressionally and state legislatively passed laws on the decision making patterns of federal and state judges. We are considering moving the unit of analysis to judges in other nations. My work on the American presidency has involved an analysis of the effects of the public expectations gap on presidential performance and has been published widely with Hank Jenkins-Smith and Carol Silva. We have a forthcoming book with the University of Michigan Press. I also have developed the expectations gap as a theme in a book called The Changing American Presidency, soon to enter its fourth edition. In recent years I also have taken the discussion and analysis of politics to the world of fiction with my first novel The Oracle: The Succession War. The idea is to make government and politics relevant to undergraduate students and to provide an entertaining book. The reviews have been astonishing and of great comfort as I work on the two sequel novels. I have received NSF funding, I have testified before a Senate Committee regarding my research, I won a prestigious award from the American Association of Public Administration, was asked to deliver my research at Oxford and other universities, as well as a forum on sustainable environment in Japan.

Waterman, Richard W., Amelia Rouse, and Robert L. Wright. 2004. Bureaucrats, Politics, and the Environment. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press.
Abstract: Gill, Jeff and Richard W. Waterman. 2004. ?Solidary and Functional Costs: Explaining the Presidential Appointment Contradiction.? Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory. 14 (December): 547-569. Waterman, Richard W. 2003/2007/2010. The Changing American Presidency: New Perspectives on Presidential Power. Cincinnati: Cengage Publishing.rnrnThose three publications examine two other aspects of my ongoing research. I have published manuscripts on environmental policy, bureaucratic politics, and more general work on the American presidency. My work on each of these three subjects has often come together when I have examined how presidents influence bureaucratic institutions such as the Environmental Protection Agency. That was a main topic of my first published work, Presidential Influence and the Administrative State, which I am glad to say is still in print and is widely cited.
Silva, Carol L., Richard W. Waterman, and Hank C. Jenkins-Smith. 2007. “Why Did Clinton Survive the Impeachment Crisis? A Test of Three Explanations.” Presidential Studies Quarterly 37 (3): 468-485.
Abstract: Randazzo, Kirk A., Richard W. Waterman, and Jeffrey A. Fine. 2006. ?Checking the Federal Courts: The Impact of Congressional Statutes on Judicial Behavior.? Journal of Politics. 68 (November): 1103-1114. Jenkins-Smith, Hank C., Carol L. Silva, and Richard W. Waterman. 2005. ?Micro and Macro Models of the Presidential Expectations Gap.? Journal of Politics. 67 (August): 690-715.rnrnThese publications reflect two ongoing research agendas, one on statutory control of judicial decision making, which is an ongoing project with a book and future articles in the works. The second is project of long duration that is culminating in a university press book on the Presidential Expectations Gap. This work also may be extended to other presidents, as an NSF grant has been discussed.
Randazzo, Kirk A., Richard W. Waterman, and Michael P. Fix. Forthcoming. “State Supreme Courts and the Effects of Statutory Constraint: A Test of the Model of Contingent Discretion.” Political Research Quarterly.
Abstract: Randazzo, Kirk A. and Richard W. Waterman. Forthcoming. ?Statutory Influences on the U. S. Supreme Court: The Effects of Constraint and Discretion.? Justice Systems Journal. Waterman, Richard W. 2009. ?Assessing the Unilateral Presidency.? In George C. Edwards III and William G. Howell (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of the American Presidency. New York: Oxford University Press: 477-498.rnrnMy research interests include the American Presidency, the Politics of the Bureaucracy, Presidential Appointments, and Statutory Effects on Judicial Decision making. The latter research project has resulted in three publications, including one in the Journal of Politics and a book is presently ready for publication. My work on the American Presidency co-authored with H. J. Smith and Carol Silva has been published twice in the Journal of Politics and in the Presidential Studies Quarterly. We also have a book manuscript under review. I also have published my first novel, The Oracle: The Succession War, that deals with politics in a mythical context.

Substantive Focus:
Law and Policy
Environmental Policy SECONDARY
Governance PRIMARY

Theoretical Focus:
Policy History
Policy Process Theory PRIMARY
Public Opinion SECONDARY