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Partners and Rivals : Representation in U.S. Senate Delegations - Wendy J. Schiller

Partners and Rivals

Representation in U.S. Senate Delegations

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Published: 2nd April 2000
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Congressional scholars have vastly underappreciated how representation in the U. S. Senate differs from the House of Representatives. In this provocative new study, Wendy J. Schiller develops a theory of dual representation--where two legislators share the same geographical constituency--to explain Senators' behavior. Noting that Senators from the same state join different committees, focus on different policy areas, and address different economic interests through bill and amendment sponsorship, the author examines the electoral and institutional forces that elicit this competitive behavior. In developing her theory, Schiller relies on a wide variety of methodologies, from statistical analysis to case studies, and makes telling comparisons with similar situations in Latin America and Asia.

"Partners and Rivals" argues against the commonly held view that individual Senators do an inadequate job in representing their states. Instead, this book demonstrates how the competitive structure of Senate delegations creates the potential for broad and responsive representation in the Senate. When two senators from the same state are viewed as a pair, it becomes clear that their combined representational agendas include a wide range of the interests and opinions that exist among constituents in their state. This holds true whether the Senators are from the same party or not. Rich in details, "Partners and Rivals" is the most thorough and rigorous explanation of Senators' behavior available.

"One of the more interesting and innovative contemporary works on the behavior of U. S. senators... Schiller examines both systematic empirical data as well as individual case studies. Her data sources are both rich and diverse... I would recommend this text for undergraduates, graduate students, and congressional scholars alike."--Greg Thorson, Congress and the Presidency

List of Illustrationsp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 3
A Theory of Dual Representationp. 12
Choosing Different Institutional Career Pathsp. 33
Diversification and Media Recognitionp. 63
Reputation and Constituent Evaluationp. 88
Expanding the Boundaries of Electoral Coalitionsp. 113
Economic Interests and Campaign Contributionsp. 143
Rethinking Senate Representationp. 161
Measurement of Variablesp. 175
Questionnaire Mailed to Newspaper Editors and Reportersp. 177
Newspaper Articles by Subject Matter, State, and Senatorp. 179
Referencesp. 185
Indexp. 193
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ISBN: 9780691048871
ISBN-10: 0691048878
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 2nd April 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.14
Weight (kg): 0.3