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Disjointed Pluralism: Institutional Innovation and the Development of the U.S. Congress / Edition 1 available in Paperback
From the 1910 overthrow of "Czar" Joseph Cannon to the reforms enacted when Republicans took over the House in 1995, institutional change within the U.S. Congress has been both a product and a shaper of congressional politics. For several decades, scholars have explained this process in terms of a particular collective interest shared by members, be it partisanship, reelection worries, or policy motivations. Eric Schickler makes the case that it is actually interplay among multiple interests that determines institutional change. In the process, he explains how congressional institutions have proved remarkably adaptable and yet consistently frustrating for members and outside observers alike.
|Publisher:||Princeton University Press|
|Series:||Princeton Studies in American Politics: Historical, International, and Comparative Perspectives Series|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)|
Table of Contents
|List of Figures||ix|
|List of Tables||xi|
|Chapter 1.||Disjointed Pluralism and Institutional Change||3|
|Chapter 2.||Institutional Development, 1890-1910: An Experiment in Party Government||27|
|Chapter 3.||Institutional Development, 1919-1932: Cross-Party Coalitions, Bloc Government, and Republican Rule||85|
|Chapter 4.||Institutional Development, 1937-1952: The Conservative Coalition, Congress against the Executive, and Committee Government||136|
|Chapter 5.||Institutional Development, 1970-1989: A Return to Party Government or the Triumph of Individualism?||189|
|Chapter 6.||Understanding Congressional Change||249|
|Epilogue. Institutional Change in the 1990s||270|
|Appendix A.||Case Selection||277|
|Appendix B.||Votes Pertaining to Institutional Changes in Each Period||281|
What People are Saying About This
This is an excellent piece of work, which will be influential. Both rational choice and developmental theorists and congressional scholars will read it. This book will be required reading for all Americanists in political science. It should win several prizes for its thoughtfulness, appropriateness, and careful, knowledgeable use of history.
David Brady, Stanford University
This is an ambitious piece of work on an important topic. I am impressed with the exhaustive search for sources and the splendid,integrated account of so much of Congress's institutional development. It is a remarkable achievement.
This is an ambitious piece of work on an important topic. I am impressed with the exhaustive search for sources and the splendid, integrated account of so much of Congress's institutional development. It is a remarkable achievement.
Steven S. Smith, University of Minnesota