Setting the Agenda: Responsible Party Government in the U.S. House of Representatives

Setting the Agenda: Responsible Party Government in the U.S. House of Representatives

by Gary W. Cox, Mathew D. McCubbins
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521853796

ISBN-13: 9780521853798

Pub. Date: 08/31/2005

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Scholars of the U.S. House disagree over the importance of political parties in organizing the legislative process. On the one hand, non-partisan theories stress how congressional organization serves members' non-partisan goals. On the other hand, partisan theories argue that the House is organized to serve the collective interests of the majority party. This book…  See more details below

Overview

Scholars of the U.S. House disagree over the importance of political parties in organizing the legislative process. On the one hand, non-partisan theories stress how congressional organization serves members' non-partisan goals. On the other hand, partisan theories argue that the House is organized to serve the collective interests of the majority party. This book advances a partisan theory and presents a series of empirical tests of that theory's predictions (pitted against others). The evidence demonstrates that the majority party seizes agenda control at nearly every stage of the legislative process in order to prevent bills that the party dislikes from reaching the floor.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521853798
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/31/2005
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; Part I. Why Party Government?: 2. Procedural Cartel theory; Part II. Negative Agenda Power: 3. Cartel agenda model vs. floor agenda model; 4. The primacy of Reed's rules in house organization; 5. Final passage votes; 6. The costs of agenda control; 7. The textbook congress and the committee on rules; 8. The bills reported from committee; 9. Which way does policy move?; Part III. The Consequences of Positive Agenda Power and Conditional Party Government: 10. Positive agenda power; 11. Conclusion.

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