Andrew Reeves

Andrew Reeves

Associate Professor of Political Science
Associate Chair in Political Science
Research Fellow at the Weidenbaum Center on the Economy, Government, and Public Policy

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  • Washington University
    CB 1063
    One Brookings Drive
    St. Louis, MO 63130-4899

Professor Reeves' research examines the interchange between institutions and behavior with a focus on political accountability in the United States.

Reeves' work has appeared in the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, and the Journal of Politics, among other outlets. He received his PhD from the Department of Government at Harvard where he was an associate of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science. His book, The Particularistic President: Executive Branch Politics and Political Inequality with Douglas Kriner (Cambridge University Press) was the winner of the 2016 Richard E. Neustadt Award.

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.