Andrew Reeves

Associate Professor of Political Science; ​Research Fellow at the Weidenbaum Center on the Economy, Government, and Public Policy
PhD, Harvard University
research interests:
  • American Politics
  • Electoral Politics
  • Presidency
  • Political Accountability

contact info:

mailing address:

  • WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY
  • CB 1063
  • ONE BROOKINGS DR.
  • ST. LOUIS, MO 63130-4899

Professor ​Reeves teaches on American elections and voting behavior, the American presidency, and executive branch politics. His research examines the interchange between institutions and behavior with a focus on political accountability in the United States.

For more information, visit Andrew Reeves's department profile.

The Particularistic President

The Particularistic President

As the holders of the only office elected by the entire nation, presidents have long claimed to be sole stewards of the interests of all Americans. Scholars have largely agreed, positing the president as an important counterbalance to the parochial impulses of members of Congress. This supposed fact is often invoked in arguments for concentrating greater power in the executive branch. Douglas L. Kriner and Andrew Reeves challenge this notion and, through an examination of a diverse range of policies from disaster declarations, to base closings, to the allocation of federal spending, show that presidents, like members of Congress, are particularistic. Presidents routinely pursue policies that allocate federal resources in a way that disproportionately benefits their more narrow partisan and electoral constituencies. Though presidents publicly don the mantle of a national representative, in reality they are particularistic politicians who prioritize the needs of certain constituents over others.