Potential for succes
This thesis aims to disentangle the phenomenon of lame duck success. The original lame duck model, falls short in explaining why such empirical policy successes occur. Given the overtly structural nature of the original theory, despite the importance of agency in the literature, this thesis aims to disentangle the complexity of lame duck success by equally exploring agency as well as structure variables and their relation to domestic as well as foreign policy outcomes. Adding agency variables might thereby explain how lame duck success is possible and why the original structuralist model was not able to explain it. This would not only increase our knowledge of the lame duck president and the potential they hold for policy successes, it would also give insight in the role of agency level analysis to the study of politics in general.
Faculteit der Managementwetenschappen