Executive Orders: A Fair Ranking of Presidents From Least Active to Most Active

By: Monday March 17, 2014 6:30 pm

The claim that the President has issued an unusual amount of Executive Orders during his time in the Presidency has been addressed by John Conyers and his staff using data made available by The American Presidency Project. Conyers’s graphic is slick and shows the President as issuing the second least number of Executive Orders out of the last 11 Presidents beginning with President Eisenhower. That rank of number 2 out of 11 certainly gives the lie to the Republican claim that the President relies on Executive Orders more frequently than most or all of his predecessors.

But it still fails to provide a true historical perspective on where he fits among most presidents on relative activism as measured by the Executive Order indicator, and in particular fails to illustrate how relatively few Executive Orders have been issued by this president compared to others since the beginning of what might be called the modern period of the activist presidency.


Obama Considering Using More Executive Orders in Second Term

By: Monday February 11, 2013 11:40 am

Faced with a Republican controlled House and only a long shot chance of Democrats taking the chamber in 2014, President Obama is thinking about more aggressively using executive orders in his second term.

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