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Analysing Congress : New Institutionalism in American Politics - Charles Stewart III

Analysing Congress

New Institutionalism in American Politics

Paperback Published: 27th September 2011
ISBN: 9780393935066
Number Of Pages: 480

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The only undergraduate Congress text written from a rational-choice perspective.

Analyzing Congress provides students with the basic analytical tools for understanding congressional politics. In addition to introducing the fundamental concepts and theory, the text includes many empirical cases drawn from the classic Congress literature and from recent developments in Congress. For the Second Edition, new cases and updated data figures have been added throughout the text, expanded problem sets and conceptual questions now appear at the end of every chapter, and the presentation of the spatial model in Chapter 1 has been revised to make it more teachable to undergraduates.

Prefacep. xv
An (Unusual) Introduction to the Study of Congressp. 3
The Politics of Lineland: Spatial Voting Theory in One Dimensionp. 7
The Politics of Flatland: The Multidimensional Spatial Voting Modelp. 23
Two Unresolved Issues: Salience and Sophisticationp. 36
Spatial Voting Theory and the Study of Congressp. 47
Further Readingp. 50
Summary of Key Conceptsp. 50
Problemsp. 52
The Constitutional Origins of Congressp. 58
The Failure of the First Congress of the United Statesp. 59
What the Framers Wroughtp. 65
Spatial Analysis of Constitutional Featuresp. 74
Further Readingp. 88
Summary of Key Conceptsp. 89
Problemsp. 90
The History and Development of Congressp. 95
The Experimental Era, 1789-1812p. 101
The Democratizing System, 1820-1860p. 103
The Civil War System, 1865-1896p. 111
The Textbook Era, 1912-1968p. 117
The Candidate-Centered Congressp. 125
Conclusionp. 131
Further Readingp. 131
Summary of Key Conceptsp. 132
The Choices Candidates Make: Running for Congressp. 138
Strategic Choice and Political Careersp. 140
Progressive Ambition in the United Statesp. 143
The Costs and Benefits of Running for Officep. 149
Incumbents, Challengers, and Open Seat Candidatesp. 161
Conclusion: The Engine of Ambition in Congressional Electionsp. 168
Further Readingp. 168
Summary of Key Conceptsp. 169
Problemsp. 170
The Choices Voters Makep. 175
The Decision to Votep. 176
Deciding Whom to Supportp. 190
The Problem of Multiple Constituencies: Primaries versus the General Electionp. 195
Further Readingp. 200
Summary of Key Conceptsp. 200
Problemsp. 201
Regulating Electionsp. 205
Running for Congress: The Basicsp. 206
Congressional Districtingp. 210
Campaign Financep. 226
Conclusionp. 244
Further Readingp. 245
Summary of Key Conceptsp. 245
Problemsp. 247
Parties and Leaders in Congressp. 254
The History of Political Parties in Congressp. 255
Parties as Organizationsp. 263
On the Strength of Partiesp. 276
The Benefits of Strong Parties in Congressp. 285
Conclusionp. 289
Further Readingp. 289
Summary of Key Conceptsp. 290
Committees in Congressp. 294
The Committee Systemp. 296
House-Senate Comparisonsp. 333
Theoretical Perspectives on Committeesp. 339
Further Readingp. 352
Summary of Key Conceptsp. 353
Problemsp. 356
Doing It on the Floor: The Organization of Deliberation and What We Can Learn from Itp. 361
Why a Bill Does Not Become a Lawp. 362
How a Few Bills Become Lawp. 366
Roll Call Votes and What They Can Tell Usp. 397
Further Readingp. 407
Summary of Key Conceptsp. 408
Problemsp. 412
Researching Congressp. 417
Studying Congress Generallyp. 418
A Further Word about Congressional Documentsp. 420
Scholarly Research on Congressp. 422
Other Electronic Sources for Studying Policy and Politicsp. 424
The United States Constitutionp. 427
Referencesp. 449
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ISBN: 9780393935066
ISBN-10: 039393506X
Series: New Institutionalism in American Politics
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 480
Published: 27th September 2011
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 16.0  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.72
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: Revised

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