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

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

Congress and the Presidency
One of the more interesting and innovative contemporary works on the behavior of U. S. senators. . . . Schiller examines both systematic empirical data as well as individual case studies. Her data sources are both rich and diverse. . . . I would recommend this text for undergraduates, graduate students, and congressional scholars alike.
— Greg Thorson
Congress and the Presidency - Greg Thorson
One of the more interesting and innovative contemporary works on the behavior of U. S. senators. . . . Schiller examines both systematic empirical data as well as individual case studies. Her data sources are both rich and diverse. . . . I would recommend this text for undergraduates, graduate students, and congressional scholars alike.
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"One of the more interesting and innovative contemporary works on the behavior of U. S. senators. . . . Schiller examines both systematic empirical data as well as individual case studies. Her data sources are both rich and diverse. . . . I would recommend this text for undergraduates, graduate students, and congressional scholars alike."—Greg Thorson, Congress and the Presidency
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691048871
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 3/13/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • 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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