“Publicity” and the Progressive-Era Origins of Modern Politics
Tulis was not the only one to trace the origins of plebiscitary politics (Lowi
), but he approached the subject very differently
from previous scholars. For Tulis, presidential appeals to the public posed a puzzle, given the Framers’ fear of demagoguery and a long tradition of presidential reticence. How had these barriers to a plebiscitary presidency been overcome?