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Author Schickler, Eric, 1969-

Title Disjointed pluralism : institutional innovation and the development of the U.S. Congress / Eric Schickler.

Published Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 2001.


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Physical description 356 pages ; 24 cm.
Series Princeton studies in American politics.
Princeton studies in American politics.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Chapter 1. Disjointed Pluralism and Institutional Change 3 -- Chapter 2. Institutional Development, 1890-1910: An Experiment in Party Government 27 -- Chapter 3. Institutional Development, 1919-1932: Cross-Party Coalitions, Bloc Government, and Republican Rule 85 -- Chapter 4. Institutional Development, 1937-1952: The Conservative Coalition, Congress against the Executive, and Committee Government 136 -- Chapter 5. Institutional Development, 1970-1989: A Return to Party Government or the Triumph of Individualism? 189 -- Chapter 6. Understanding Congressional Change 249 -- Epilogue. Institutional Change in the 1990s 270 -- Appendix A. Case Selection 277 -- Appendix B. Votes Pertaining to Institutional Changes in Each Period 281.
Summary From the 1910 overthrow of "Czar" Joseph Cannon to the reforms enacted when Republicans took over the House in 1995, institutional change within the U.S. Congress has been both a product and a shaper of congressional politics. For several decades, scholars have explained this process in terms of a particular collective interest shared by members, be it partisanship, reelection worries, or policy motivations. Eric Schickler makes the case that it is actually interplay among multiple interests that determines institutional change. In the process, he explains how congressional institutions have proved remarkably adaptable and yet consistently frustrating for members and outside observers alike.
Subject United States. Congress -- History.
Organizational change -- United States -- History.
Legislators -- United States -- History.
ISBN 0691049254 (alk. paper)
0691049262 (paperback: alk. paper)