Stalemate Causes and Consequences of Legislative Gridlock

ISBN-10: 0815709110

ISBN-13: 9780815709114

Edition: 2003

Authors: Sarah A. Binder
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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Brookings Institution Press
Publication date: 2/25/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Stalemate in Legislative Politics
"A Way of Life and Law"
Stalemate in a Madisonian System
Plan of the Book
Unintended Consequences of Constitutional Design
Consequences of Senate Change
Consequences of Political Parties
External Influences on Congress
Some Other Alternatives
Summary
Measuring the Frequency of Stalemate
Defining and Measuring Gridlock
The Denominator: Size of the Policy Agenda
Patterns of Legislative Gridlock
The Location of Gridlock
Gridlock at Water's Edge: Foreign and Domestic Agendas
Conclusion
Institutional and Electoral Sources of Stalemate
Constructing an Empirical Test
Explaining the Patterns
Budget Gridlock: An Additional Test
Institutions and Elections Revisited
What Drives Legislative Action?
Methodological Challenges
Preliminary Expectations and Evidence
Building a Model
Impact of Electoral Dynamics
A Closer Look at Bicameral Effects
Conclusion
Consequences of Stalemate
The Electoral Impact of Gridlock
Institutional Impact
The Dilemma of Gridlock
September 11 and Congress's Future
Appendixes
Measuring Stalemate
Measuring Bicameral Differences
Alternative Specifications
Comparison to Mayhew, Divided We Govern
Data for Replication
Notes
Index
Tables
Impact of Divided Government on Legislative Performance, 1947-2000
Where Do Bills Die? 1947-2000
Legislative Roadblocks after Initial Chamber Passage, 1947-2000
Agenda Devoted to Foreign Policy, 1947-2000
Does Divided Government Increase Gridlock? 1947-2000
Estimating the Frequency of Gridlock, 1953-2000
Simulated Probabilities of Gridlock
Impact of the Filibuster Threat on the Frequency of Gridlock
Does Ideological Disagreement between the Branches Matter? 1953-2000
Delay in Adoption of Congressional Budget Resolution, Fiscal Years 1976-2001
Impact of Elections and Institutions on Budget Conflict
Summary of Variables Used in the Analysis
Determinants of Legislative Success, 1993-96
When Do Bills Die on the Senate Floor?
House and Senate Votes to Moderate Health Care Bills, 104th Congress
Relationship of Gridlock to Collective Electoral Fortunes, House of Representatives, 1948-98
Impact of Legislative Performance on House Members' Collective Electoral Fortunes, 1948-90
Impact of Legislative Performance on House Retirement Rates, 1948-94
Impact of Legislative Performance on Congressional Approval, 1966-96
Impact of Legislative Performance on Presidential Approval, 1948-98
Change in Voting Behavior across Chambers
Impact of Divided Government, Alternative Specification
Impact of Public Mood, Alternative Specification
Comparing the Correlates of Legislative Gridlock and Productivity, 1953-2000
Frequency of Gridlock, 80th-106th Congresses
Number of Failed and Total Agenda Issues in each Congress
Explanatory Variables
Figures
Ideological Distribution of the Parties in the U.S. House, 1969-70
Ideological Distribution of the Parties in the U.S. House, 1999-2000
Size of the Policy Agenda, 1947-2000
Frequency of Policy Gridlock, 1947-2000
Frequency of Policy Gridlock on Salient Issues, 1947-2000
Alternative Measures of Legislative Performance
Comparison of House and Senate Legislative Performance, 1947-2000
Frequency of Policy Gridlock, Foreign and Domestic Policy, 1947-2000
Legislators' Ideal Points in a Stylized Chamber
Partisan Moderation in the House and Senate, 1947-2000
Comparing Measures of Bicameral Differences, 1947-70
Comparing Measures of Bicameral Differences, 1971-2000
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