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Presidential Privilege and the Freedom of Information Act$
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Kevin M. Baron

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781474442442

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474442442.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
Presidential Privilege and the Freedom of Information Act

Kevin M. Baron

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter presents the theoretical and analytical framework to understand the politics of issue evolution in policymaking by creating a Continuing Legislative Development Cycle (CLDC) model. Nested within the CLDC, a social learning lens provides the ability to understand a Cold War Paradigm shift in thinking that influenced the actions taken by the White House in response to the rise of the communist threat. These presidential actions led to direct learned responses from Congress establishing an action-reaction model, demonstrating power struggles between the legislative and executive branches. An Interconnected Doubled Feedback Loop framework provides an understanding that new information is utilized to seek influence between political elites and society in a continuous manner across time. The multidimensional model developed in this chapter provides an analytical framework to understand how and why issues evolve through the legislative process when steeped in the politics of the moment between Congress and the president.

Keywords:   Continuing Legislative Development Cycle (CLDC), Theory Development, Cold War Paradigm, Interconnected Double Feedback Loop, Social Learning, Legislative Development, Congress, President

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