How Congress Evolves Social Bases of Institutional Change
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Description: In this greatly entertaining tale of one of our most august institutions, Nelson Polsby argues that among other things, from the 50's to the 90's, Congress evolved. In short, Polsby argues that air conditioning altered the demography of the southern states, which in turn changed the political parties of the South, which transformed the composition and in due course the performance of the US House of Representatives. This evolutionary process led to the House's liberalization and later to its transformation into an arena of sharp partisanship, visible among both Democrats and Republicans. How Congress Evolves breathes new life into the dusty corners of institutional history, and offers a unique explanation for important transformations in the congressional environment.
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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
List price: $30.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/7/2005
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
|The House in Sam Rayburn's Time|
|A Conservative House: 1937-57|
|After the 1958 Election: Frustration|
|The Rump Session of 1960|
|Packing the Rules Committee by Avoiding the Democratic Caucus: 1961|
|Succession to Rayburn|
|Conflict within the Caucus: Liberals against the Leadership, 1963|
|Incremental Committee Packing: Appropriations, 1963|
|Republican Committee Packing: Maintaining the Party Mainstream, 1961-63|
|The Landslide: 1964|
|The Democratic Study Group Uses the Caucus: 1967-72|
|Fallout from Watergate: The Caucus Puts Seniority under Siege|
|A Remodeled House|
|Causes of Liberalization|
|The House Democratic Caucus|
|The Rise of the Two-Party South|
|Southern Republicans in the 1990s: A Group Portrait|
|Consequences: Toward a More Responsible Two-Party System?|
|The Retreat from Bipartisanship in Committee|
|Two Strategies of Opposition|
|An Era of Ill-Feeling|
|Tyranny Tempered by Assassination|
|Overview: How Congress Evolves|
|Innovation and Stalemate|
|Overview of the House|
|Stories about Change|
|Methods and Sources|