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Presidential Appointees, 1964-1984

Resource Type
Dataset : aggregate data, and survey data
  • Mackenzie, G. Calvin
  • Light, Paul
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Free Keywords
biographical data; Cabinet appointments; career history; confirmation hearings; government; job satisfaction; political elites
  • Abstract

    This collection provides information on the personal and career backgrounds of Senate-confirmed presidential appointees over the last twenty years. The data were gathered in order to assess the attitudes of appointees toward their government service and to evaluate the quality of appointees and reasons for short tenure in government service. The variables measured were designed to investigate the educational and occupational histories of appointees, tenure in appointed positions, and the experiences and attitudes of appointees in the following areas: conflict of interest laws, financial disclosure, financial sacrifice, family adjustment problems, selection process, Senate confirmation process, preparation and orientation for the job, relations with the bureaucracy, Congress, and White House, frustrations and satisfactions with the job, and employment after their most recent position as a full-time presidential appointee.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Biographical Data
    • DS2: Survey Data
Temporal Coverage
  • 1964-11 / 1984-12
    Time period: 1964-11--1984-12
  • Collection date: 1985
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
All Presidential appointees to full-time positions which required Senate confirmation from November, 1964 through December, 1984
2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 3 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 3 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • 8458 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR08458.v1
  • (author unknown). Leadership in Jeopardy: The Fraying of the Presidential Appointments System. Presidential Appointee Project.Washington, DC: National Academy of Public Administration. 1985.

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Mackenzie, G. Calvin; Light, Paul (1987): Presidential Appointees, 1964-1984. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.