Disjointed Pluralism: Institutional Innovation and the Development of the U.S. Congress

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"This is an excellent piece of work, which will be influential. Both rational choice and developmental theorists and congressional scholars will read it. This book will be required reading for all Americanists in political science. It should win several prizes for its thoughtfulness, appropriateness, and careful, knowledgeable use of history."—David Brady, Stanford University

"This is an ambitious piece of work on an important topic. I am impressed with the exhaustive search for sources and the splendid, integrated account of so much of Congress's institutional development. It is a remarkable achievement."—Steven S. Smith, University of Minnesota

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Editorial Reviews

Political Science Quarterly - Garry Young
If we know anything about the U.S. Congress it is this: Congress is a dynamic, ever-changing institution. . . . Alas, for good reasons our theories of congressional organization tend to the static and our empirical analyses tend to the cross-sectional. Eric Schickler's fine book joins a growing set of efforts to understand how and why Congress changes.
Congress and the Presidency - Keith E. Whittington
This book is essential reading for those interested in internal legislative politics, and an important contribution to the more general literature on American politics.
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Winner of the Fenno Prize

"This is a very good read for students of Congress who puzzle over the institution's configuration. . . . An excellent examination of institutional change."—
Choice

"If we know anything about the U.S. Congress it is this: Congress is a dynamic, ever-changing institution. . . . Alas, for good reasons our theories of congressional organization tend to the static and our empirical analyses tend to the cross-sectional. Eric Schickler's fine book joins a growing set of efforts to understand how and why Congress changes."—Garry Young, Political Science Quarterly

"This book is essential reading for those interested in internal legislative politics, and an important contribution to the more general literature on American politics."—Keith E. Whittington, Congress and the Presidency

Choice
This is a very good read for students of Congress who puzzle over the institution's configuration. . . . An excellent examination of institutional change.
Political Science Quarterly
If we know anything about the U.S. Congress it is this: Congress is a dynamic, ever-changing institution. . . . Alas, for good reasons our theories of congressional organization tend to the static and our empirical analyses tend to the cross-sectional. Eric Schickler's fine book joins a growing set of efforts to understand how and why Congress changes.
— Garry Young
Congress and the Presidency
This book is essential reading for those interested in internal legislative politics, and an important contribution to the more general literature on American politics.
— Keith E. Whittington
Political Science Quarterly
If we know anything about the U.S. Congress it is this: Congress is a dynamic, ever-changing institution. . . . Alas, for good reasons our theories of congressional organization tend to the static and our empirical analyses tend to the cross-sectional. Eric Schickler's fine book joins a growing set of efforts to understand how and why Congress changes.
— Garry Young
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Table of Contents

List of Figures ix
List of Tables xi
Acknowledgments xiii
Chapter 1. Disjointed Pluralism and Institutional Change 3
Chapter 2. Institutional Development, 1890-1910: An Experiment in Party Government 27
Chapter 3. Institutional Development, 1919-1932: Cross-Party Coalitions, Bloc Government, and Republican Rule 85
Chapter 4. Institutional Development, 1937-1952: The Conservative Coalition, Congress against the Executive, and Committee Government 136
Chapter 5. Institutional Development, 1970-1989: A Return to Party Government or the Triumph of Individualism? 189
Chapter 6. Understanding Congressional Change 249
Epilogue. Institutional Change in the 1990s 270
Appendix A. Case Selection 277
Appendix B. Votes Pertaining to Institutional Changes in
Each Period 281
Notes 295
References 329
Index 349

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