Congressional critics do check presidential power — by leading public opinion

Abraham Lincoln said that “public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment, nothing can fail. Without it, nothing can succeed.”

But in a polarized polity, can public opinion ever check presidential power? Our research suggests that it can. But Congress has an important role in jump-starting this popular constraint. CONT.

Douglas L. Kriner & Dino P. Christenson (Boston U.), Monkey Cage