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

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

by Scott A. Frisch, Sean Q. Kelly
     
 

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780806137209
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press
Publication date:
02/23/2006
Series:
Congressional Studies Series
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.50(d)

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1Committee assignment politics3
Ch. 2Assignment process and process change33
Ch. 3Committee request motivations68
Ch. 4Committee requests and constituency characteristics96
Ch. 5House members and the assignment process138
Ch. 6Leadership and committee assignments175
Ch. 7Inside the black box224
Ch. 8Who gets what and why255
Ch. 9Gender, race, and request success289
Ch. 10Committee assignment politics reconsidered326
App. 1Measuring voting power339
App. 2Content analysis of committee request letters345

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