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Congress : Structure and Policy - Matthew D. McCubbins

Congress

Structure and Policy

By: Matthew D. McCubbins (Editor), Terry Sullivan (Editor)

Paperback Published: 21st December 1987
ISBN: 9780521337502
Number Of Pages: 576

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First published in 1987, Congress: Structure and Policy is a review of congressional research from an institutional perspective. The selections blend theoretical material found in the fields of discussion theory, political economy, social choice and game theory, with classics on such standard topics as elections and campaigning, controlling the bureaucracy and oversight, norms of behaviour, committees and committee assignments reform, budgeting, presidential influence, and the party and its leadership. Together, these readings present an institutional theory of Congress. They are integrated in order to address both the short-run issue of how congressional institutions shape policy and the long-run question of why congressional organization has evolved the way it has. In their introductions to the chapters, the editors, Professors McCubbins and Sullivan, not only address the themes of the individual readings but place the chapters in the larger context of the political economy.

Series editors' preface
Preface
Introduction: institutional aspects of decision processes
Representation
The electoral connection and the Congress
The case of the vanishing marginals: the bureaucracy did it
Running scared: elections and congressional politics in the 1980s
The Shape of Congressional Institutions
The Development of Institutional Arrangements
The institutionalization of the US House of Representatives
A rational choice perspective on congressional norms
Committees
Congressmen and committees: a comparative analysis
Democratic committee assignments in the House of Representatives: strategic aspects of a social choice process
Reforming the structure of the House appropriations process: the effects of the 1885 and 1919-20 reforms on money decisions
Parties
The decline of party in the US House of Representatives, 1887-1968
Leadership
Joseph G. Cannon and Howard W. Smith: an essay on the limits of leadership in the House of Representatives
Presidential leadership in Congress: securing commitments
The Impact of Institutional Arrangements: Implications for the study of Congress
Votes, strategies, and institutions: an introduction to the theory of collective choice
Institutional arrangements and equilibrium in multidimensional voting models
Sophisticated committees and structure-induced equilibria in Congress
The Impact of Institutional Arrangements on the Development of Public Policy
A theory of congressional delegation Mathew D. McCubbins and Talbot Page
Congressional oversight overlooked: police patrols versus fire alarms
The structure of agency decision processes
The political foundations of regulatory policy
Congressional influence over policy making: the case of the FTC
Legislators, bureaucrats, and locational decisions
Index
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ISBN: 9780521337502
ISBN-10: 052133750X
Series: Political Economy of Institutions and Decisions
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 576
Published: 21st December 1987
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 3.3
Weight (kg): 0.84