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The elections of 1998 bear out the thesis of this book: so far, the Republicans in Congress are operating more like an old minority party than the new majority party they've become. Still, Congress has changed under Republican leadership and the Republicans have changed, too. This volume of original essays by leading congressional scholars explores the impact of the Republican majority on Congress with attention to the history of the institution and party characteristics present and future. For students and scholars alike, the new majority of an old minority provides a laboratory for political analysis that demonstrates lasting effects. As Republicans learn to govern, the country will no doubt learn something, too.
Part 1 Introduction Chapter 2 From Revolution to Evolution: Congress under Republican Control Part 3 New Styles of Party Leadership Chapter 4 Partisan Imperative and Institutional Constraints: Republican Party Leadership in the House and Senate Chapter 5 Institutional Context and Leadership: The Case of Newt Gingrich Part 6 Change and Continuity in Congressional Committees Chapter 7 Building the Republican Regime: Leaders and Committees Chapter 8 Learning to Legislate: Committees in the Republican Congress Part 9 Reforming the Legislative Process Chapter 10 Procedural Features of House Republican Rule Chapter 11 Republican Roles in Congressional Budget Reform: Twenty-Five Years of Deficit and Conflict Part 12 The Congressional Republican Party Chapter 13 Moderate Success: Majority Status and Factionalism in the House Republican Party Chapter 14 The House Republicans: Lessons for Political Science