Setting the Agenda Responsible Party Government in the U. S. House of Representatives

ISBN-10: 0521619963
ISBN-13: 9780521619967
Edition: 2005
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Description: Scholars of the U.S. House disagree over the importance of political parties in organizing the legislative process. On the one hand, non-partisan theories stress how congressional organization serves members' non-partisan goals. On the other hand,  More...

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Book details

List price: $35.99
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 9/12/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.408
Language: English

Scholars of the U.S. House disagree over the importance of political parties in organizing the legislative process. On the one hand, non-partisan theories stress how congressional organization serves members' non-partisan goals. On the other hand, partisan theories argue that the House is organized to serve the collective interests of the majority party. This book advances a partisan theory and presents a series of empirical tests of that theory's predictions (pitted against others). The evidence demonstrates that the majority party seizes agenda control at nearly every stage of the legislative process in order to prevent bills that the party dislikes from reaching the floor.

Figures and Tables
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Why Party Government?
Procedural Cartel Theory
Negative Agenda Power
Modeling Agenda Power
The Primacy of Reed's Rules in House Organization
Final Passage Votes
The Costs of Agenda Control
The Textbook Congress and the Committee on Rules
The Bills Reported from Committee
Which Way Does Policy Move?
Consequences of Positive Agenda Power and Conditional Party Government
Positive Agenda Power
Conclusion
Appendix
Addendum
Bibliography
Index

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