Analysing Congress

ISBN-10: 039393506X

ISBN-13: 9780393935066

Edition: 2nd 2011

Authors: Charles Stewart

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Analyzing Congress provides students with the basic analytical tools for understanding congressional politics. In addition to introducing the fundamental concepts and theory, the text includes many empirical cases drawn from the classic Congress literature and from recent developments in Congress. For the Second Edition, new cases and updated data figures have been added throughout the text, expanded problem sets and conceptual questions now appear at the end of every chapter, and the presentation of the spatial model in Chapter 1 has been revised to make it more teachable to undergraduates.
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Book details

List price: $46.85
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/27/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.848
Language: English

Preface
An (Unusual) Introduction to the Study of Congress
The Politics of Lineland: Spatial Voting Theory in One Dimension
The Politics of Flatland: The Multidimensional Spatial Voting Model
Two Unresolved Issues: Salience and Sophistication
Spatial Voting Theory and the Study of Congress
Further Reading
Summary of Key Concepts
Problems
The Constitutional Origins of Congress
The Failure of the First Congress of the United States
What the Framers Wrought
Spatial Analysis of Constitutional Features
Further Reading
Summary of Key Concepts
Problems
The History and Development of Congress
The Experimental Era, 1789-1812
The Democratizing System, 1820-1860
The Civil War System, 1865-1896
The Textbook Era, 1912-1968
The Candidate-Centered Congress
Conclusion
Further Reading
Summary of Key Concepts
The Choices Candidates Make: Running for Congress
Strategic Choice and Political Careers
Progressive Ambition in the United States
The Costs and Benefits of Running for Office
Incumbents, Challengers, and Open Seat Candidates
Conclusion: The Engine of Ambition in Congressional Elections
Further Reading
Summary of Key Concepts
Problems
The Choices Voters Make
The Decision to Vote
Deciding Whom to Support
The Problem of Multiple Constituencies: Primaries versus the General Election
Further Reading
Summary of Key Concepts
Problems
Regulating Elections
Running for Congress: The Basics
Congressional Districting
Campaign Finance
Conclusion
Further Reading
Summary of Key Concepts
Problems
Parties and Leaders in Congress
The History of Political Parties in Congress
Parties as Organizations
On the Strength of Parties
The Benefits of Strong Parties in Congress
Conclusion
Further Reading
Summary of Key Concepts
Committees in Congress
The Committee System
House-Senate Comparisons
Theoretical Perspectives on Committees
Further Reading
Summary of Key Concepts
Problems
Doing It on the Floor: The Organization of Deliberation and What We Can Learn from It
Why a Bill Does Not Become a Law
How a Few Bills Become Law
Roll Call Votes and What They Can Tell Us
Further Reading
Summary of Key Concepts
Problems
Researching Congress
Studying Congress Generally
A Further Word about Congressional Documents
Scholarly Research on Congress
Other Electronic Sources for Studying Policy and Politics
The United States Constitution
References
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