|2||Electoral Interpretation and the Majority-Minority Relationship||5|
|3||Governing: the Contract, the Freshmen, the Speaker||19|
|4||The Budget Confrontation and Its Aftermath||37|
|5||Beyond the 104th Congress||50|
Learning to Govern: An Institutional View of the 104th Congressby Richard F. Fenno
Pub. Date: 08/28/1997
Publisher: Brookings Institution Press
This inexperience produced serious consequences for the party and the American political
The elections of 1994 produced the first Republican-controlled Congress in 40 years. In this book, Richard Fenno makes the case that four decades out of power left Republicans without the experience they needed to properly interpret their electoral victory or govern the country.
This inexperience produced serious consequences for the party and the American political system, including an accelerated loss of public confidence in Congress. Although the evidence pointed to voters' repudiation of the Democrats, the Republicans saw their victory as a mandate for wholesale change -- a Republican Revolution. Instead of trying to make careful, incremental changes, their aggressive tactics cost them their golden opportunity and cleared the way for the reelection of President Clinton.
This book provides a timely focus on the attitudes and agendas of the inexperienced Republican freshman class and its contribution to the problem-plagued attempts to use the election campaign Contract with America as a blueprint for governing.
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