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“Publicity” and the Progressive-Era Origins of Modern Politics

WithAdam D. Sheingate

Tulis was not the only one to trace the origins of plebiscitary politics (Lowi

; Kernell

), 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?