The Oxford Handbook of the American Congress

Paperback | April 21, 2013

EditorEric Schickler, Frances E. Lee

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No legislature in the world has a greater influence over its nation's public affairs than the US Congress. The Congress's centrality in the US system of government has placed research on Congress at the heart of scholarship on American politics. Generations of American government scholarsworking in a wide range of methodological traditions have focused their analysis on understanding Congress, both as a lawmaking and a representative institution. The purpose of this volume is to take stock of this impressive and diverse literature, identifying areas of accomplishment and promisingdirections for future work. The editors have commissioned 37 chapters by leading scholars in the field, each chapter critically engages the scholarship focusing on a particular aspect of congressional politics, including the institution's responsiveness to the American public, its procedures and capacities for policymaking,its internal procedures and development, relationships between the branches of government, and the scholarly methodologies for approaching these topics. The Handbook also includes chapters addressing timely questions, including partisan polarization, congressional war powers, and thesupermajoritarian procedures of the contemporary Senate. Beyond simply bringing readers up to speed on the current state of research, the volume offers critical assessments of how each literature has progressed - or failed to progress - in recent decades. The chapters identify the major questionsposed by each line of research and assess the degree to which the answers developed in the literature are persuasive. The goal is not simply to tell us where we have been as a field, but to set an agenda for research on Congress for the next decade.The Oxford Handbooks of American Politics are a set of reference books offering authoritative and engaging critical overviews of the state of scholarship on American politics. Each volume focuses on a particular aspect of the field. The project is under the General Editorship of George C. EdwardsIII, and distinguished specialists in their respective fields edit each volume. The Handbooks aim not just to report on the discipline, but also to shape it as scholars critically assess the scholarship on a topic and propose directions in which it needs to move. The series is an indispensablereference for anyone working in American politics.

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No legislature in the world has a greater influence over its nation's public affairs than the US Congress. The Congress's centrality in the US system of government has placed research on Congress at the heart of scholarship on American politics. Generations of American government scholarsworking in a wide range of methodological tradit...

Eric Schickler is the author of Disjointed Pluralism: Institutional Innovation and the Development of the U.S. Congress (Princeton University Press, 2001) and co-author, with Greg Wawro, of Filibuster: Obstruction and Lawmaking in the U.S. Senate (Princeton University Press, 2006). Both books received APSA's Richard F. Fenno Award for...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:944 pagesPublished:April 21, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Part I: Introduction1. Eric Schickler and Frances E. Lee: Studying the Congress2. Bruce Oppenheimer: Behavioral Approaches to the Study of Congress3. Craig Volden and Alan Wiseman: Formal Approaches to the Study of Congress4. Nolan McCarty: Measuring Legislative Preferences5. Ross K. Baker: Touching the Bones: Interviewing and Direct Observational Studies of Congress6. Ira Katznelson: Historical Approaches to the Study of Congress: Towards a Congressional Vantage on American Political DevelopmentPart II: Elections7. Jamie L. Carson and Jason M. Roberts: House and Senate Elections8. Tracy Sulkin: Congressional Campaigns9. Michael P. McDonald: Congressional Redistricting10. Robin Kolodny: Campaign Finance in Congressional ElectionsPart III: Representation and Responsiveness11. Michele L. Swers and Stella M. Rouse: Descriptive Representation: Understanding the Impact of Identity on Substantive Representation of Group Interests12. Frances E. Lee: Bicameral Representation13. Stephen Ansolabehere and Philip Edward Jones: Dyadic Representation14. Diana Evans: Pork Barrel Politics15. David Brady: Public Opinion and Congressional Policy16. John D. Griffin: Public Evaluations of Congress byPart IV: Congressional Institutions and Procedures17. Randall Strahan: Party Leadership18. Larry Evans: Congressional Committees19. Greg Wawro: The Supermajority Senate20. by Gary Cox and Mathew McCubbins: Managing Plenary Time in Democratic Legislatures: The U.S. Congress in Comparative Context21. Scott Adler: Congressional Reforms22. John B. Gilmour: The Congressional Budget ProcessPart V: Politics and Policymaking23. Party Polarization by Brian F. Schaffner24. Paul Quirk and William Bendix: Deliberation in Congress25. Sean Theriault, Patrick Hickey and Abby Blass: Roll Call Votes26. Beth Leech: Lobbying and Interest Group Advocacy27. John Wilkerson and Barry Pump: The Ties that Bind: Coalitions in Congress28. Sarah A. Binder: Legislative Productivity and GridlockPart VI: Congressional Development29. Wendy J. Schiller: The Development of Congressional Elections30. Jeff Jenkins: The Evolution of Party Leadership32. by Eric Schickler: The Development of the Committee System32. Douglas Dion: Majority Rule and Minority Rights33. Richard Bensel: Sectionalism and Congressional DevelopmentPart VII: Congress and the Constitutional System34. B. Dan Wood: Congress and the Executive Branch: Delegation and Presidential Dominance35. Linda L. Fowler: Congressional War Powers36. Michael A. Bailey, Forrest Maltzman, and Charles R. Shipan: The Amorphous Relationship Between Congress and the CourtsPart VIII: Reflections37. Morris Fiorina: Reflections on the Study of Congress, 1969-200938. David Mayhew: Theorizing about CongressIndex

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"an impressive volume, which delivers a broad palette of congressional analysis written by notable experts" --Stephen McGlinchey, e-International Relations 26/09/2012 the American Congress