Baltimore, Maryland : Project Muse, 2015. Ann Arbor [Michigan] : University of Michigan Press, 
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Introduction What is a czar? Why czars? : a theoretical explanation for the rise of presidential policy czars The gradual institutionalization of America's energy policy : the case of the energy czar Commanding the war on drugs : the drug czar and the Office of National Drug Control Policy Founding and fumbling the aids czar : Bill Clinton and the Office of National AIDS Policy Coordination in a post-9/11 world : George W. Bush's czars and the War on Terror War of the czars : the battle over Barack Obama's White House staff Conclusion.
When Barack Obama entered the White House, he faced numerous urgent issues. Despite the citizens' demand for strong presidential leadership, President Obama, following a long-standing precedent for the development and implementation of major policies, appointed administrators--so-called policy czars--charged with directing the response to the nation's most pressing crises. Combining public administration and political science approaches to the study of the American presidency and institutional politics, Justin S. Vaughn and Jose D. Villalobos argue that the creation of policy czars is a strategy for combating partisan polarization and navigating the federal government's complexity. They present a series of in-depth analyses of the appointment, role, and power of various czars: the energy czar in the mid-1970s, the drug czar in the late 1980s, the AIDS czar in the 1990s, George W. Bush's trio of national security czars after 9/11, and Obama's controversial czars for key domestic issues. Laying aside inflammatory political rhetoric, Vaughn and Villalobos offer a sober, empirical analysis of what precisely constitutes a czar, why Obama and his predecessors used czars, and what role they have played in the modern presidency.
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