Party Polarization in Congress
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Description: The political parties in Congress are as polarized as they have been in 100 years. This book examines more than 30 years of congressional history to understand how it is that the Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill have become so divided. It finds that two steps were critical for this development. First, the respective parties' constituencies became more politically and ideologically aligned. Second, members, in turn, ceded more power to their party leaders, who implemented procedures more frequently and with greater consequence. In fact, almost the entire rise in party polarization can be accounted for in the increasing frequency of and polarization on procedures used during the legislative process.
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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.
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Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 8/11/2008
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
|Party Polarization in the U.S. Congress|
|Building Blocks for Explaining Party Polarization|
|A Brief History of Party Polarization|
|Explanations for Party Polarization|
|The Political and Geographic Sorting of Constituents|
|Extremism of Party Activists|
|Connecting Constituency Change to Institutional Change|
|The Interaction in the Legislative Process|
|The Link between the House and the Senate|
|Procedural Polarization in the U.S. Congress|