Why US Senators obstruct some executive agency nominations over others

The London School of Economics and Political Science - Ian Ostrander is an assistant professor of political science at Texas Tech University. His work generally involves the interaction between the US President and Congress with a particular interest in the politics of the executive nominations process. Recently, his work has appeared in the American Journal of Political Science and Presidential Studies Quarterly.

The average delay between an executive nomination and confirmation by the US Senate is 120 days, but some nominees can experience delays of more than 400 or 500 days. In new research which examines over 8,000 bureaucratic nominations over 25 years, Ian Ostrander finds that nominations are targeted for delay based on their policy value, public importance, and the perceived ideology of the agency in question.

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