Party Influence in Congress / Edition 1

Party Influence in Congress / Edition 1

by Steven S. Smith
     
 

Party Influence in Congress challenges current arguments and evidence about the influence of political parties in the U.S. Congress. Steven S. Smith argues that theory must account for both the policy and electoral goals of congressional parties, as well as for sometimes conflicting collective party goals. These goals call for flexible party organizations and… See more details below

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Party Influence in Congress challenges current arguments and evidence about the influence of political parties in the U.S. Congress. Steven S. Smith argues that theory must account for both the policy and electoral goals of congressional parties, as well as for sometimes conflicting collective party goals. These goals call for flexible party organizations and leadership strategies. They demand that majority party leaders seek to control the flow of legislation in their houses; seek to package legislation and time action in order to build winning majorities and attract public support; work closely with a president of their party; and, with some frequency, influence the vote choices for legislators. In making these arguments, Smith observes that the circumstantial evidence of party influence is strong, multiple collective goals remain active ingredients after parties are created, party size is an important factor in party strategy, both negative and positive forms of influence are important to congressional parties, and the needle-in-the-haystack search for direct influence will prove frustrating. Special emphasis is given to the need to incorporate the Senate more fully in theory about party influence.

About the Author:
Steven S. Smith is the Kate M. Gregg Professor of Social Sciences, Professor of Political Science, and the Director of the Murray Weidenbaum Center on Economy, Government, and Public Policy at Washington University in St. Louis

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521703871
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/31/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
266
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction     1
The Microfoundations of Theories of Congressional Parties     9
The Types and Sources of Party Influence     44
The Search for Direct Party Effects     82
Recent Theories of Party Influence: Cartel and Conditional Party Government Theory     114
Revisiting Pivotal and Party Politics     148
Reexamining the Direct and Indirect Influence of Party in the House and Senate     177
More Than a Conclusion     204
Appendix     217
References     233
Index     245

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