Parties and Leaders in the Postreform House

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The analysis presented in this book grew out of a set of longstanding and interrelated interests: in factional divisions within congressional parties, in the organization and leadership of those parties, in the impact of electoral forces on Congress, and in the effects of congressional reforms on behavior and outcomes. Each of these interests is a facet of the discussion that follows.
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Overview

The analysis presented in this book grew out of a set of longstanding and interrelated interests: in factional divisions within congressional parties, in the organization and leadership of those parties, in the impact of electoral forces on Congress, and in the effects of congressional reforms on behavior and outcomes. Each of these interests is a facet of the discussion that follows.
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David Rohde, professor of political science at Michigan State University, is past editor of American Journal of Political Science, and has coauthored the Congressional Quarterly Press's series of analyses of the presidential and congressional elections.

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Table of Contents

Preface Acknowledgments
1. Parties in the House of Representatives Parties in the House before Reform The Decline in Party Voting The Reform Era and Its Consequences Partisanship in the House: Decline and Resurgence
2. Reform and Its Consequences: A Closer Look The Motivations for House Reform Three Tracks of Reform House Reform and Member Goals The Gradual Impact of Reform
3. The Democratic Caucus: Membership Change and Organizational Developments Some Perspectives on Roll-Call Voting Variations in Homogeneity among House Democrats Some Specific Issue Perspectives The Changing Role of the Democratic Caucus The Democratic Caucus and Collective Control
4. The Democratic Leadership: Party Agents and Agenda Management The Evolution of Leadership Activities Employing the Fruits of Reform: The Leadership and Agenda Management Leadership at Full Tide: The Wright Speakership Some Conclusions
5. Republican Reactions, Presidential Agendas, and Legislative Consequences House Republicans Presidents and Partisanship Some Legislative Consequences Summary
6. Conclusions and Future Prospects Theory and Evidence: A Summary Changing Perspectives on Politics in the House Future Prospects Conclusion Notes References Index

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