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The Resource Insecure majorities : Congress and the perpetual campaign, Frances E. Lee

Insecure majorities : Congress and the perpetual campaign, Frances E. Lee

Label
Insecure majorities : Congress and the perpetual campaign
Title
Insecure majorities
Title remainder
Congress and the perpetual campaign
Statement of responsibility
Frances E. Lee
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"As Democrats and Republicans continue to vie for political advantage, Congress remains paralyzed by partisan conflict. That the last two decades have seen some of the least productive Congresses in recent history is usually explained by the growing ideological gulf between the parties, but this explanation misses another fundamental factor influencing the dynamic. In contrast to politics through most of the twentieth century, the contemporary Democratic and Republican parties compete for control of Congress at relative parity, and this has dramatically changed the parties' incentives and strategies in ways that have driven the contentious partisanship characteristic of contemporary American politics. With Insecure Majorities, Frances E. Lee offers a controversial new perspective on the rise of congressional party conflict, showing how the shift in competitive circumstances has had a profound impact on how Democrats and Republicans interact. For nearly half a century, Democrats were the majority party, usually maintaining control of the presidency, the House, and the Senate. Republicans did not stand much chance of winning majority status, and Democrats could not conceive of losing it. Under such uncompetitive conditions, scant collective action was exerted by either party toward building or preserving a majority. Beginning in the 1980s, that changed, and most elections since have offered the prospect of a change of party control. Lee shows, through an impressive range of interviews and analysis, how competition for control of the government drives members of both parties to participate in actions that promote their own party's image and undercut that of the opposition, including the perpetual hunt for issues that can score political points by putting the opposing party on the wrong side of public opinion. More often than not, this strategy stands in the way of productive bipartisan cooperation--and it is also unlikely to change as long as control of the government remains within reach for both parties."--Publisher's description
Cataloging source
ICU/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Lee, Frances E
Dewey number
328.73/0769
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
JK2265
LC item number
.L38 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • United States
  • Political parties
  • Representative government and representation
  • Elections
  • United States
  • USA
  • National Radical Party
  • Elections
  • Political parties
  • Representative government and representation
  • United States
  • Blockade
  • Mehrheit
  • Graubünden
  • Unsicherheit
Label
Insecure majorities : Congress and the perpetual campaign, Frances E. Lee
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 239-260) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The ins versus the outs -- A protracted era of partisan parity -- The logic of confrontation -- Emerging strategies of confrontation, 1976-94 -- The institutionalization of partisan communications -- The rise of the partisan message vote -- Governing versus messaging: the party politics of the debt limit / coauthored with Timothy L. Cordova -- Party competition and conflict in state legislatures / coauthored with Kelsey L. Hinchliffe -- The perpetual campaign and the US constitutional system
Control code
934938898
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 266 pages
Isbn
9780226409047
Lccn
2016001723
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)934938898
Label
Insecure majorities : Congress and the perpetual campaign, Frances E. Lee
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 239-260) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The ins versus the outs -- A protracted era of partisan parity -- The logic of confrontation -- Emerging strategies of confrontation, 1976-94 -- The institutionalization of partisan communications -- The rise of the partisan message vote -- Governing versus messaging: the party politics of the debt limit / coauthored with Timothy L. Cordova -- Party competition and conflict in state legislatures / coauthored with Kelsey L. Hinchliffe -- The perpetual campaign and the US constitutional system
Control code
934938898
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 266 pages
Isbn
9780226409047
Lccn
2016001723
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)934938898

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