Committee Assignment Politics in the U.S. House of Representatives

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In this groundbreaking work, Scott A. Frisch and Sean Q Kelly draw on significant new data from congressional archives—gleaned from the papers of both Democratic and Republican leaders from the 85th to the 103rd Congress—to reveal the complex process through which congressional members get assigned to the powerful committees of the House. They conclude that parties differ in their committee assignment methods and that party approaches can change over time depending on leadership. They also pay particular attention to the increasing roles of race and gender in the assignment process.

Based on extensive primary and secondary research, this volume fills a crucial gap in our understanding of the internal dynamics of the American political system.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806137209
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 2/23/2006
  • Series: Congressional Studies Series
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Scott A. Frisch is Associate Professor of Political Science at California State University, Channel Islands.

Sean Q Kelly is Associate Professor of Political Science at Niagara University, New York.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Committee assignment politics 3
Ch. 2 Assignment process and process change 33
Ch. 3 Committee request motivations 68
Ch. 4 Committee requests and constituency characteristics 96
Ch. 5 House members and the assignment process 138
Ch. 6 Leadership and committee assignments 175
Ch. 7 Inside the black box 224
Ch. 8 Who gets what and why 255
Ch. 9 Gender, race, and request success 289
Ch. 10 Committee assignment politics reconsidered 326
App. 1 Measuring voting power 339
App. 2 Content analysis of committee request letters 345
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