Beyond Ideology: Politics, Principles, and Partisanship in the U. S. Senate

Beyond Ideology: Politics, Principles, and Partisanship in the U. S. Senate

by Frances E. Lee
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226470768

ISBN-13: 9780226470764

Pub. Date: 12/01/2009

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

The congressional agenda, Frances E. Lee contends, includes many issues about which liberals and conservatives generally agree. Even over these matters, though, Democratic and Republican senators tend to fight with each other. What explains this discord? Beyond Ideology argues that many partisan battles are rooted in competition for power rather than disagreement

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The congressional agenda, Frances E. Lee contends, includes many issues about which liberals and conservatives generally agree. Even over these matters, though, Democratic and Republican senators tend to fight with each other. What explains this discord? Beyond Ideology argues that many partisan battles are rooted in competition for power rather than disagreement over the proper role of government.

The first book to systematically distinguish Senate disputes that center on ideological questions from the large proportion of them that do not, this volume foregrounds the role of power struggles in partisan conflict. Presidential leadership, for example, inherently polarizes legislators who can influence public opinion of the president and his party by how they handle his agenda. Senators also exploit good-government measures and floor debate to embarrass opponents and burnish their own party's image-even when the issues involved are broadly supported or low-stakes. Moreover, Lee contends, the congressional agenda itself amplifies conflict by increasingly focusing on issues that reliably differentiate the parties. As partisan polarization continues to pervade our politics, Beyond Ideology provides a timely explanation of why a promise to reach across the aisle is so easily broken.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226470764
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
12/01/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
264
Sales rank:
485,007
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures vii

List of Tables ix

Acknowledgments xi

Chapter 1 Ties That Bind: Untangling the Roots of Congressional Partisanship 1

Chapter 2 Before "Ideology": A Conceptual History 24

Chapter 3 Sources of Party Conflict: Ideological Disagreement and Teamsmanship 47

Chapter 4 Dividers, Not Uniters: Presidential Leadership and Legislative Partisanship 74

Chapter 5 The Partisan Politics of Good Government 103

Chapter 6 Procedural Partisanship: Intra-Party Dealmaking and Partisan Bloc Voting 131

Chapter 7 Agreeing to Disagree, or Disagreeing to Agree: Agenda Content and Rising Partisanship 162

Chapter 8 Beyond Ideology: Returning to Politics 181

Appendix A Coding the Presidential Agenda Status of Roll-Call Votes 195

Appendix B Does Party Polarization on an Issue Topic Increase the Likelihood that Presidents Will Include the Issue on Their Agenda? 211

Appendix C Estimates of Multinomial Logic Model of Partisan Voting Patterns on Senate Roll-Call Votes, 1981-2004 213

Notes 215

References 231

Index 245

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