Legislative Hardball: The House Freedom Caucus and the Power of Threat-Making in Congress

Legislative Hardball: The House Freedom Caucus and the Power of Threat-Making in Congress

by Matthew Green

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Overview

Assertive bargaining occurs from time to time in the US Congress. It became an important feature of legislative negotiations within the House Republican Party when, following the 2014 elections, a group of organized conservatives called the House Freedom Caucus regularly issued threats against its own party's leadership. Such behavior by an ideologically extreme bloc of lawmakers is not accounted for by existing theories of legislative politics. This Element posits explanations for why such threat-making might occur and what might increase its likelihood of success, then tests those explanations using the Freedom Caucus as a case study.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781108735810
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 02/14/2019
Series: Elements in American Politics
Pages: 75
Sales rank: 505,302
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.20(d)

Table of Contents

1. Threat-making and bargaining in Congress; 2. A brief introduction to the House Freedom Caucus; 3. The influence of the House Freedom Caucus; 4. Threat-making and leadership selection; 5. Other costs and benefits of legislative threat-making; 6. Conclusion.

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