Partners and Rivals: Representation in U.S. Senate Delegations / Edition 1 by Wendy J. Schiller | 9780691048871 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Partners and Rivals: Representation in U.S. Senate Delegations / Edition 1

Partners and Rivals: Representation in U.S. Senate Delegations / Edition 1

by Wendy J. Schiller
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691048878

ISBN-13: 9780691048871

Pub. Date: 03/13/2000

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Congressional scholars have vastly underappreciated how representation in the U. S. Senate differs from the House of Representatives. In this provocative new study, Wendy J. Schiller develops a theory of dual representation—where two legislators share the same geographical constituency—to explain Senators' behavior. Noting that Senators from the same

Overview

Congressional scholars have vastly underappreciated how representation in the U. S. Senate differs from the House of Representatives. In this provocative new study, Wendy J. Schiller develops a theory of dual representation—where two legislators share the same geographical constituency—to explain Senators' behavior. Noting that Senators from the same state join different committees, focus on different policy areas, and address different economic interests through bill and amendment sponsorship, the author examines the electoral and institutional forces that elicit this competitive behavior. In developing her theory, Schiller relies on a wide variety of methodologies, from statistical analysis to case studies, and makes telling comparisons with similar situations in Latin America and Asia.

Partners and Rivals argues against the commonly held view that individual Senators do an inadequate job in representing their states. Instead, this book demonstrates how the competitive structure of Senate delegations creates the potential for broad and responsive representation in the Senate. When two senators from the same state are viewed as a pair, it becomes clear that their combined representational agendas include a wide range of the interests and opinions that exist among constituents in their state. This holds true whether the Senators are from the same party or not. Rich in details, Partners and Rivals is the most thorough and rigorous explanation of Senators' behavior available.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691048871
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
03/13/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.45(d)

Table of Contents

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS ix
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS xi
INTRODUCTION 3
CHAPTER 1 A Theory of Dual Representation 12
CHAPTER 2 Choosing Different Institutional Career Paths 33
CHAPTER 3 Diversification and Media Recognition 63
CHAPTER 4 Reputation and Constituent Evaluation 88
CHAPTER 5 Expanding the Boundaries of Electoral Coalitions 113
CHAPTER 6 Economic Interests and Campaign Contributions 143
CHAPTER 7 Rethinking Senate Representation 161
APPENDIX A Measurement of Variables 175
APPENDIX B Questionnaire Mailed to Newspaper Editors and Reporters 177
APPENDIX C Newspaper Articles by Subject Matter, State, and Senator 179
REFERENCES 185
INDEX 193

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