Evaluations of majority party leaders come from three main sources: political scientists, media analysts, and members of Congress. Political scientists are the theoreticians. They have defined concepts and developed theories for evaluating leadership style, strategy, and strength. Journalists are the watchdogs. They regularly evaluate leader performance in response to contemporary events. Members of Congress then serve as the judges and juries. They occasionally advise leaders on tactics and strategies, and they ultimately have the ability to sanction or reward leaders.
Copyright © 2008 De Gruyter. This article first appeared in The Forum 6:3 (2008), 1-16.
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Palazzolo, Daniel J. "Evaluating Majority Party Leaders in Congress." The Forum 6, no. 3 (2008): 1-16. doi:10.2202/1540-8884.1257.