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Rule Breaking And Political Imagination

byKenneth A. Shepsle

Paperback | September 1, 2017

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“Imagination may be thought of as a ‘work-around.’ It is a resourceful tactic to ‘undo’ a rule by creating a path around it without necessarily defying it. . . . Transgression, on the other hand, is rule breaking. There is no pretense of reinterpretation; it is defiance pure and simple. Whether imagination or disobedience is the source, constraints need not constrain, ties need not bind.”
So writes Kenneth A. Shepsle in his introduction to Rule Breaking and Political Imagination. Institutions are thought to channel the choices of individual actors. But what about when they do not? Throughout history, leaders and politicians have used imagination and transgression to break with constraints upon their agency. Shepsle ranges from ancient Rome to the United States Senate, and from Lyndon B. Johnson to the British House of Commons. He also explores rule breaking in less formal contexts, such as vigilantism in the Old West and the CIA’s actions in the wake of 9/11. Entertaining and thought-provoking, Rule Breaking and Political Imagination will prompt a reassessment of the nature of institutions and remind us of the critical role of political mavericks.
Kenneth A. Shepsle is the George D. Markham Professor of Government and a founding member of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University.  
Title:Rule Breaking And Political ImaginationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.4 inPublished:September 1, 2017Publisher:University of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:022647321X

ISBN - 13:9780226473215

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Table of Contents

What’s This Book About?

Part I. Basic Ideas

1 Rule Breaking
2 Imagination

Part II. Institutions, Rule Breaking, and Imagination

3 Thick Institutions and Rule Breaking: Sulla and Caesar, Reed and Johnson
4 Breaking Rules in Breaking the Filibuster
5 Political Imagination after Filibuster Reform: The Postcloture Filibuster and Its Demise
6 A Third Take on the Filibuster: Breaking Rules by Reinterpreting Rules
7 Obstruction and Urgency in the Nineteenth-Century House of Commons
8 Violating Legislative Rules: Resolving Bicameral Differences
9 Stealing Elections

Part III. Bits and Bobs

10 King David and Old Testament Rule Breaking
11 Foreclosure, Bankruptcy, and Contract
12 Gimmickry
13 Intelligence Agencies: Breaking the Rules by Making Up Their Own Rules
14 Vigilantism


Editorial Reviews

“What happens when the rules don’t hem in the most forceful actors? That is the question Shepsle asks in Rule Breaking and Political Imagination. No one interested in the news can fail to be intrigued by the central proposition in his new book."