Rank and Participation in the Republican Senate

Rank and Participation in the Republican Senate

by Martin J. Ryan

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Overview

This study focuses on one aspect of the republican senate the relationship between rank and participation in debate. The senate is usually pictured as a place in which a relatively small number of high-ranking senators who spoke exercised influence over a relatively large number of low-ranking senators who voted. The author argues that these silent senators are a figment of the imagination of nineteenth-century historians, that the most humble senator regularly received a chance to speak. Once the old view of the nature of debate in the senate is discarded as mistaken, it becomes possible to discuss privileged positions in debate and the question of influence. The evidence demonstrates that high rank was neither necessary for participation nor sufficient for influence. "... Ryan hat eine nuetzliche, sehr stoffreiche und darueber hinaus gut lesbare Studie vorgelegt, die bei einer Beschäftigung mit dem republikanischen Senat kuenftig zweifelsohne zu beruecksichtigen sein wird und worauf weiterfuehrende Studien aufbauen können." Historische Zeitschrift "àexzellente Analysen, sehr kluge Fragen, ueberraschende Beobachtungen und buendige Schluáfolgerungen [à] R. hat die Forschung um einen groáen Schritt voran gebracht." Gnomon .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783515070935
Publisher: Franz Steiner Verlag
Publication date: 12/01/1998

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