Beyond Ideology Politics, Principles, and Partisanship in the U. S. Senate
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Description: The congressional agenda, Frances Lee contends, includes many issues about which liberals and conservatives generally agree. Even over these matters, though, Democratic and Republican senators tend to fight with each other. What explains this discord?Beyond Ideologyargues that many partisan battles are rooted in competition for power rather than disagreement over the rightful role of government. The first book to systematically distinguish Senate disputes centering on ideological questions from the large proportion of them that do not, this volume foregrounds the role of power struggle in partisan conflict. Presidential leadership, for example, inherently polarizes legislators who can influence public opinion of the president and his party by how they handle his agenda. Senators also exploit good government measures and floor debate to embarrass opponents and burnish their own party's imageeven when the issues involved are broadly supported or low-stakes. Moreover, Lee contends, the congressional agenda itself amplifies conflict by increasingly focusing on issues that reliably differentiate the parties. With the new president pledging to stem the tide of partisan polarization,Beyond Ideologyprovides a timely taxonomy of exactly what stands in his way.
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Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 12/1/2009
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
|List of Figures|
|List of Tables|
|Ties That Bind: Untangling the Roots of Congressional Partisanship|
|Before "Ideology": A Conceptual History|
|Sources of Party Conflict: Ideological Disagreement and Teamsmanship|
|Dividers, Not Uniters: Presidential Leadership and Legislative Partisanship|
|The Partisan Politics of Good Government|
|Procedural Partisanship: Intra-Party Dealmaking and Partisan Bloc Voting|
|Agreeing to Disagree, or Disagreeing to Agree: Agenda Content and Rising Partisanship|
|Beyond Ideology: Returning to Politics|
|Coding the Presidential Agenda Status of Roll-Call Votes|
|Does Party Polarization on an Issue Topic Increase the Likelihood that Presidents Will Include the Issue on Their Agenda?|
|Estimates of Multinomial Logic Model of Partisan Voting Patterns on Senate Roll-Call Votes, 1981-2004|