Sizing up the Senate; The Unequal Consequences of Equal Representation / Edition 2

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Overview

We take it for granted that every state has two representatives in the United States Senate. Apply the "one person, one vote" standard, however, and the Senate is the most malapportioned legislature in the democratic world.

But does it matter that California's 32 million people have the same number of Senate votes as Wyoming's 480,000? Frances Lee and Bruce Oppenheimer systematically show that the Senate's unique apportionment scheme profoundly shapes legislation and representation. The size of a state's population affects the senator-constituent relationship, fund-raising and elections, strategic behavior within the Senate, and, ultimately, policy decisions. They also show that less populous states consistently receive more federal funding than states with more people. In sum, Lee and Oppenheimer reveal that Senate apportionment leaves no aspect of the institution untouched.

This groundbreaking book raises new questions about one of the key institutions of American government and will interest anyone concerned with issues of representation.

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Editorial Reviews

Daniel Lazare
Sizing up the Senate is remarkable not so much for what it says as for the fact that is says anything about this aspect of the Senate at all.
American Prospect
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226470061
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1999
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1 Introduction 1
2 Senate Apportionment in Theoretical and Historical Perspective 16
3 The Representational Experience 44
4 Electoral Competitiveness, Campaign Fund-Raising, and Partisan Advantage 83
5 Senate Strategies 123
6 The Small-State Advantage in the Distribution of Federal Dollars 158
7 Designing Policy: How the Senate Makes Small States Winners 186
8 The Undemocratic Senate? 223
Appendixes 235
A The Schubert-Press Measure of Legislative Malapportionment 237
B Senators' Mentions on National Nightly News Broadcasts, 103d and 104th Congresses 239
C Key Votes Included in the Analysis of Hold-Out Behavior in Chapter 5 242
D Programs Studied in Chapter 7 246
E Data on the Sample of Formula Grants-in-Aid 248
F House-Senate Conflict over the Programs Sampled 252
Notes 255
References 279
Index 297
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