Traversing more than a century of American history, this book advances a new theory of congressional organization to explain why and how party dissidents rely on institutions of their own making, arguing that these intraparty organizations can radically shift the balance of power between party leaders and rank-and-file members. Intraparty organizations empower legislators of varying ideological stripes to achieve collective and coordinated action by providing selective incentives to cooperative members, transforming public-good policies into excludable accomplishments, and helping members to institute rules and procedures to promote group decision making. Drawing on rich archival evidence and interview data, the book details the challenges dissident lawmakers encounter when they face off against party leaders and their efforts to organize in response. Eight case studies complicate our understanding of landmark fights over rules reform, early twentieth-century economic struggles, mid-century battles over civil rights legislation, and contemporary debates over national health care and fiscal policy.
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.94(w) x 8.94(h) x 0.79(d)|
About the Author
Ruth Bloch Rubin is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago. She received her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley and was previously a Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy Research at Harvard University, Massachusetts.
Table of Contents1. Intraparty organization in the US Congress; 2. Procedural revolt and the House insurgency, 1908-10; 3. The Senate insurgency's quest for economic reform, 1909-10; 4. Securing southern solidarity, 1937-56; 5. The decline of southern influence, 1957-64; 6. Making the moderates matter, 1994-2010; 7. Coordinating liberal hardliners, 1957-94; 8. Organizing conservative revolutionaries, 1970-2015; 9. Rethinking the mischiefs of faction.