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Legislative Leviathan : Party Government in the House

Legislative Leviathan : Party Government in the House - 2nd edition

ISBN13: 978-0521694094

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ISBN13: 978-0521694094
ISBN10: 0521694094
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 2ND 07
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Published: 2007
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Legislative Leviathan : Party Government in the House - 2ND 07 edition

ISBN13: 978-0521694094

Gary W. Cox and Mathew D. McCubbins

ISBN13: 978-0521694094
ISBN10: 0521694094
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 2ND 07
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Published: 2007
International: No
Summary

The second edition of Legislative Leviathan provides an incisive new look at the inner workings of the House of Representatives in the post-World War II era. Re-evaluating the role of parties and committees, Gary W. Cox and Mathew D. McCubbins view parties in the House - especially majority parties - as a species of 'legislative cartel'. These cartels seize the power, theoretically resident in the House, to make rules governing the structure and process of legislation. Most of the cartel's efforts are focused on securing control of the legislative agenda for its members. The first edition of this book had significant influence on the study of American politics and is essential reading for students of Congress, the presidency, and the political party system.

  • Application of cartel theory to the Republican controlled House
  • Up-to-date reviews of existing literature
  • Features an extensive range of quantitative evidence in support of the agenda control theory

Table of Contents

Part I. The Autonomy and Distinctiveness of Committees

1. Self-selection and the subgovernment thesis
2. The seniority system in Congress
3. Subgovernments and the representativeness of committees

Part II. A Theory of Party Organization

4. Institutions as solutions to collective dilemmas
5. A theory of legislative parties

Part III. Parties as Floor Voting Coalitions

6. On the decline of party voting in Congress

Part IV. Parties as Procedural Coalitions

Committee Appointments
7. Party loyalty and committee assignments
8. Contingents and parties

Part V. Parties as Procedural Coalitions

The Scheduling Power
9. The majority party and the legislative agenda
10. Controlling the legislative agenda.

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