Divided We Govern: Party Control, Lawmaking, and Investigations, 1946-2002 / Edition 2

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Overview


In this prize-winning book, a renowned political scientist debunks the commonly held myth that the American national government functions effectively only when one political party controls the presidency and Congress. For this new edition, David R. Mayhew has provided a new Preface, a new appendix, and a new concluding chapter that brings the historical narrative up to date.
“Important, accessible, and compelling, David Mayhew’s second edition of Divided We Govern takes the best book on the history of US lawmaking and—against all odds—makes it better.”—Keith Krehbiel, Stanford University
“In this welcome updating of his agenda-setting classic, David Mayhew cogently defends his original methodology and finds that divided government remains no less productive of important legislation than unified government, although it is now (thanks mainly to Clinton’s impeachment) strongly associated with prominent investigations of the executive branch. Written with Mayhew’s usual clarity and grace, this is a book to be enjoyed by beginning and veteran students of Congress alike.”—Gary Jacobson
From reviews of the first edition:
"First-rate. . . . Mayhew’s tabulations and analysis are, quite simply, unimpeachable."—Morris Fiorina, Washington Monthly
"Will stand for years as a classic."—L. Sandy Maisel, Political Science Quarterly
"Should be read by every student of American politics."—Gillian Peele, Times Higher Education Supplement
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“In this welcome updating of his agenda-setting classic, David Mayhew cogently defends his original methodology and finds that divided government remains no less productive of important legislation than unified government. Written with Mayhew’s usual clarity and grace, this is a book to be enjoyed by beginning and veteran students of Congress alike.”—Gary Jacobson, professor of political science, University of California, San Diego

First edition: “First-rate. . . . Mayhew’s tabulations and analysis are, quite simply, unimpeachable.”—Morris Fiorina, Washington Monthly

“Will stand for years as a classic.”—L. Sandy Maisel, Political Science Quarterly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300102888
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 3/11/2005
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 286
  • Sales rank: 1,008,429
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


David R. Mayhew, Sterling Professor of Political Science at Yale University, is the author of many books, including Electoral Realignments and America’s Congress, available in paperback from Yale University Press.
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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 High-publicity investigations 8
3 Lawmaking : selecting the laws 34
4 Lawmaking : the analysis 51
5 Explaining the patterns, I 100
6 Explaining the patterns, II 136
7 Conclusion 175
Epilogue : the record during 1991-2002 200
App. A Sources for sweep one 227
App. B Sources for sweep two 233
App. C Sources for sweep one, 1991-2002 241
App. D A defense of sweep two 245
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