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Pivotal Politics : Theory of U.S.Lawmaking - Keith Krehbiel

Pivotal Politics

Theory of U.S.Lawmaking

Paperback Published: 1st January 1998
ISBN: 9780226452722
Number Of Pages: 270

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Politicians and pundits alike have complained that the divided governments of the last decades have led to legislative gridlock. Not so, argues Keith Krehbiel, who advances the provocative theory that divided government actually has little effect on legislative productivity. Gridlock is in fact the order of the day, occurring even when the same party controls the legislative and executive branches. Meticulously researched and anchored to real politics, Krehbiel argues that the pivotal vote on a piece of legislation is not the one that gives a bill a simple majority, but the vote that allows its supporters to override a possible presidential veto or to put a halt to a filibuster. This theory of pivots also explains why, when bills are passed, winning coalitions usually are bipartisan and supermajority sized. Offering an incisive account of when gridlock is overcome and showing that political parties are less important in legislative-executive politics than previously thought, "Pivotal Politics" remakes our understanding of American lawmaking.

Tables Figures
Theoretical Foundations
A Theory
Empirical Tests
Coalition Sizes
Filibuster Pivots
Veto Pivots
Presidential Power?
Party Government?
Partisanship or Pivots?
Beyond Basics
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ISBN: 9780226452722
ISBN-10: 0226452727
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 270
Published: 1st January 1998
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.42