Strategic Party Government Why Winning Trumps Ideology

Heftet / 2017 / Engelsk

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ISBN13
9780226424606
Publisert
2017
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University of Chicago Press
Aldersnivå
05, UU, UP
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Engelsk
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Heftet
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224
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229 mm
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152 mm
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Strategic Party Government Why Winning Trumps Ideology

Heftet / 2017 / Engelsk
Why is Congress mired in partisan polarization? The conventional answer is that members of Congress and their constituencies fundamentally disagree with one other along ideological lines. But Gregory Koger and Matthew J. Lebo uncover a more compelling reason that today's political leaders devote so much time to conveying their party's positions, even at the expense of basic government functions: Both parties want to win elections. In Strategic Party Government, Koger and Lebo argue that Congress is now primarily a forum for partisan competition. In order to avoid losing, legislators unite behind strong party leaders, even when they do not fully agree with the policies their party is advocating. They do so in the belief that party leaders and voters will reward them for winning or at least trying to win these legislative contests. And as the parties present increasingly united fronts, partisan competition intensifies and pressure continues to mount for a strong party-building strategy despite considerable disagreement within the parties. By bringing this powerful but underappreciated force in American politics to the forefront, Koger and Lebo provide a new interpretation of the problems facing Congress that is certain to reset the agenda for legislative studies.
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"Strategic Party Government is an important and comprehensive effort to overhaul major theories of Congress that are showing the stress and cracks of time and challenge. The book is an impressive intellectual accomplishment. Scholars of Congress will find it to be a useful reference point moving forward."--Kenneth A. Shepsle, Harvard University "Congress & the Presidency""[Koger and Lebo] seek to explain why Congress has become so polarized along partisan lines, arguing that this has been caused by individual legislators seeking to win elections by aligning themselves with strong party leaders, even if they personally disagree with elements of their parties' platforms." --Kenneth A. Shepsle, Harvard University "Survival""Strategic Party Government represents a significant advance in the study of Congress. Koger and Lebo present a well-argued and persuasive theoretical perspective and provide a variety of new empirical angles on the classic question of how and why parties matter in Congress."--John W. Patty, University of Chicago"Koger and Lebo's emphasis on strategic parties synthesizes, indeed subsumes, existing approaches to legislative parties--conditional party government theory, cartel theory, and theories of vote buying. Their focus on existential motivations for legislative parties--the need to win elections, district by district, and the aspiration to command legislative majorities--provides an essential connection between legislative politics and the electoral arena."--Kenneth A. Shepsle, Harvard University
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Gregory Koger is associate professor of political science at the University of Miami. He is the author of Filibustering: A Political History of Obstruction in the House and Senate, also published by the University of Chicago Press. Matthew J. Lebo is professor of political science at Stony Brook University, where he also directs the Center for Behavioral Political Science.
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ISBN13
9780226424606
Publisert
2017
Utgiver
Vendor
University of Chicago Press
Aldersnivå
05, UU, UP
Språk
Product language
Engelsk
Format
Product format
Heftet
Sider
224
Høyde
229 mm
Bredde
152 mm
Se alle