Congress' Permanent Minority?: The Republicans in the U. S. House / Edition 1

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Overview

Until 1994, Republicans had not held a majority of seats in the U.S. House since 1954, more than twice the time that either party has dwelt in the minority throughout congressional history. This is the first book-length comprehensive analysis since 1970 of the causes and consequences, and possible cures for the House Republicans' "permanent minority" status. Written in a nontechnical style, Congress' Permanent Minority? will be of great interest to scholars, students, and the political community.

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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times
Written just before the Republican sweep in November, the book nevertheless gives the reader a real feel for where the Republicans are coming from—and offers some markers for judging whether they will behave differently now that they are in the majority.
Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences
Two elements stand out in Connelly and Pitney's account. The first is their very real skill as storytellers . . . and how little the authors or most of the Republican members they interviewed expected the revolution of 1994 . . . a plausible strategy . . .
Dick Cheney
Anyone who wants to understand Congress should learn about the House Republicans. Anyone who wants to learn about the House Republicans should read this important book.
A James Reichley
William Connelly and John Pitney have produced an authoritative study of one of the most neglected, while at the same time potentially crucial, groups in American politics: the House Republicans.
Michael J. Malbin
This is the best political science 'insiders' look at the House Republicans in decades—based on wide-ranging interviews that highlight the textures and variations among the all-too-often caricatured minority. . . . this is a book worth recommending to readers as varied as the subscribers to Roll Call and the American Political Science Review.
Barbara Sinclair
Connelly and Pitney have produced a lively, informative and much-needed study of the minority party in the House. I recommend it highly to anyone who wants to understand the contemporary House of Representatives.
David R. Mayhew
This will be the leading work on a long-neglected subject. Sprightly and smart, it presents a wealth of fascinating new information about the House's minority side.
Dick Cheney
Anyone who wants to understand Congress should learn about the House Republicans. Anyone who wants to learn about the House Republicans should read this important book.
New York Times
Written just before the Republican sweep in November, the book nevertheless gives the reader a real feel for where the Republicans are coming from—and offers some markers for judging whether they will behave differently now that they are in the majority.
The Annals Of The American Academy
Two elements stand out in Connelly and Pitney's account. The first is their very real skill as storytellers . . . and how little the authors or most of the Republican members they interviewed expected the revolution of 1994 . . . a plausible strategy . . .
American Political Science Review
The book identifies an important research area, raises a large number of questions that are of interest to congressional scholars, contains a wealth of qualitative data, and is readily accessible . . . of value to a wide readership . . .
Library Journal
Because Democrats have dominated the House of Representatives for so long, it is easy for the average American to overlook the role of the minority party. What have been the effects of 40 years of minority status on the Republican Party and on its individual members? Are all Republican representatives alike? How do they see their roles, and what are their plans to regain majority status? In the first major study of the minority party in over 20 years, the authors provide answers and valuable insights to these questions. Political scientists Connelly and Pitney, drawing on their own experience as congressional fellows and on numerous interviews with Republican representatives and staffers, contend that the GOP's minority status need not be permanent. While differences within the party must be recognized and accepted, the party should adopt a "New Paradigm" that espouses limited but effective government. An essential resource for anyone interested in understanding the dynamics of congressional parties or the legislative process itself.-Thomas J. Baldino, Wilkes Univ., Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
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Meet the Author

William F. Connelly, Jr. is associate professor in the Department of Politics at Washington and Lee University. John J. Pitney, Jr. is assistant professor of government at Claremont McKenna College.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Ch. 1 Introduction 1
Ch. 2 Family Feuds 19
Ch. 3 Leadership Structure 41
Ch. 4 The War on the Floor 69
Ch. 5 Interests, Institutions, Ideas, and Individuals 97
Ch. 6 Novembers of Discontent 129
Ch. 7 Remedies 153
Index 175
About the Authors 181
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