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Politics or Principle? : Filibustering in the United States Senate

Politics or Principle? : Filibustering in the United States Senate - 97 edition

ISBN13: 978-0815709510

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Edition/Copyright: 97
Publisher: Brookings Institution
Published: 1997
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Politics or Principle? : Filibustering in the United States Senate - 97 edition

ISBN13: 978-0815709510

Sarah A. Binder and Steven S. Smith

ISBN13: 978-0815709510
ISBN10: 081570951X
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 97
Publisher: Brookings Institution

Published: 1997
International: No
Summary

Commentary
Many Americans of a certain age may remember the filibuster as Jimmy Stewart's final courageous act in the 1939 film Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, but the real significance of the filibuster is rarely appreciated and frequently misunderstood in American politics. In this excellent study, the authors (political science, Univ. of Minnesota) provide readers with everything they might ever need to know about the history, use, and effectiveness of the filibuster. Not since Franklin L. Burdette's Filibuster in the Senate was published in 1940 has this subject been treated to such a comprehensive and intelligent analysis. For example, the authors, employing statistical means, test the proposition that contemporary resort to the filibuster happens for more partisan motives and for more trivial issues than at any other time in the Senate's history, and discover that this is not the case. Overall, this is a fine book that any student of Congress should read. Thomas J. Baldino, Wilkes Univ. Lib., Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

Author Bio

Binder, Sarah A. :

Sarah A. Binder, a research associate in the Governmental Studies program at the Brookings Institution, is the author of Minority Rights, Majority Rule (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 1997).


Smith, Steven S. : University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Steven S. Smith is professor of political science at the University of Minnesota and the author of several books on congressional politics, including The American Congress (Houghton Mifflin, 1995) and Call to Order: Floor Politics in the House and Senate (Brookings, 1989).

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Politics and Principle of the Filibuster

Chapter 2: The Original versus the Traditional Senate

Chapter 3: Senate Tradition Revisited

Chapter 4: Politics, Principle, and the Trivilization of the Filibuster

Chapter 5: The Filibuster and the Little-Harm Thesis

Chapter 6: Senate Support for Limits on Debate

Chapter 7: The Past and Future of the Senate

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