Legislators, Leaders, and Lawmaking: The U.S. House of Representatives in the Postreform Era

Legislators, Leaders, and Lawmaking: The U.S. House of Representatives in the Postreform Era

by Barbara Sinclair
     
 

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Recently plagued by gridlock, huge deficits, and deep policy differences between the president and congressional majorities, Congress has often been the target of relentless and bitter criticism. In this context, Sinclair asks, how has the House not only performed its legislative functions but also managed to enhance its role in the American political system? In

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Recently plagued by gridlock, huge deficits, and deep policy differences between the president and congressional majorities, Congress has often been the target of relentless and bitter criticism. In this context, Sinclair asks, how has the House not only performed its legislative functions but also managed to enhance its role in the American political system? In Legislators, Leaders, and Lawmakers, Sinclair traces the emergence of a House majority party leadership that is highly active and deeply involved in multiple aspects of the legislative process, and yet one that leads by means of a participatory and inclusive style.

Editorial Reviews

American Political Science Review - Bruce I. Oppenheimer
A most remarkable undertaking. It represents a scholarly research effort that has stretched over nearly two decades. It has involved the getting and maintaining an unusual level of access to the workings of Democratic party leadership and yet an ability to remain sufficiently distant to develop the broader perspective. The end result is clearly a most important-if not the most important-book on party leadership and Congress.

Congress and the Presidency - Burdett Loomis
A superb combination of description and analysis that captures the Democratic-dominated House of the 1980's and early 1990's... Sinclair has provided us with both a summing up and a benchmark as we proceed to analyze the so-called Republican Revolution as it reverberates through the U.S. House. We are in her debt.

Political Science Quarterly - Joseph Cooper
A classic study of the postreform house for all present and future students of Congress... Applying a perceptive and disciplined mind to an impressive knowledge of the topic, the author provides a detailed and instructive account of the relations between majority leaders and members in the postreform House, as well as valuable evidence and insights on such matters as the blending of substance and politics in decision making, current patterns of relationships with lobbyists, and the emerging public role of the Speaker.

Political Science Quarterly
A classic study of the postreform house for all present and future students of Congress... Applying a perceptive and disciplined mind to an impressive knowledge of the topic, the author provides a detailed and instructive account of the relations between majority leaders and members in the postreform House, as well as valuable evidence and insights on such matters as the blending of substance and politics in decision making, current patterns of relationships with lobbyists, and the emerging public role of the Speaker.

— Joseph Cooper

American Political Science Review
A most remarkable undertaking. It represents a scholarly research effort that has stretched over nearly two decades. It has involved the getting and maintaining an unusual level of access to the workings of Democratic party leadership and yet an ability to remain sufficiently distant to develop the broader perspective. The end result is clearly a most important-if not the most important-book on party leadership and Congress.

— Bruce I. Oppenheimer

Congress and the Presidency
A superb combination of description and analysis that captures the Democratic-dominated House of the 1980's and early 1990's... Sinclair has provided us with both a summing up and a benchmark as we proceed to analyze the so-called Republican Revolution as it reverberates through the U.S. House. We are in her debt.

— Burdett Loomis

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801857126
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
05/28/1998
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Barbara Sinclair is Marvin Hoffenberg Professor of American Politics at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is the author of The Transformation of the U.S. Senate and Majority Leadership in the U.S. House, both available from Johns Hopkins.

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