Abstract: This article casts aside the iron triangle metaphor as less useful than the characteristics of a policy subsystem in defining the eleven presidential libraries within the National Archives and Records Administration. I examine the costs and benefits of the subsystem from a public policy perspective, suggest what we need to know to strengthen our understanding and oversight of the libraries, and conclude with the implications of these findings for future libraries.
- Presidential libraries
- policy subsystem
- National Archives and Records Administration
- iron triangle
- public policy
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