Partisanship in the appropriations process: Fenno Revisited

David Lowery, Samuel Bookheimer, James Malachowski

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The incremental budgeting literature has long suggested that the appropriations process is largely nonpartisan in character, a conclusion that is often, inappropriately we believe, based on Fenno's (1966) findings in Power of the Purse. We systematically reexamine Fenno's interpretation of partisanship as a supplement to the dominant mstitutional roles that govern appropriations politics. Analysis of variance tests of the Fenno data provide strong support for the conclusion that partisanship plays an important-if secondary— role in budgetary politics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)188-199
Number of pages12
JournalAmerican Politics Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1985

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science


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