Fight Club Politics: How Partisanship Is Poisoning the House of Representatives

Front Cover
Rowman & Littlefield, 2007 - Political Science - 174 pages
5 Reviews
The House of Representatives the "people's House" is supposed to be the body of government closest to ordinary citizens, reflecting their needs and desires. But it has drifted from its roots in recent years, as lawmakers have become deaf to voters and fixated on maintaining their power inside the Beltway. Just over a decade ago Republicans wrested control of the chamber from Democrats, who had ruled uninterrupted for four decades. They promised to make the House more open and responsive to voters, and these GOP revolutionaries instituted several reforms that did make the House less corrupt. But over time they have lost this heady spirit of reform, as they ve punished members who buck the party line and relegated Democrats to the legislative sidelines. Even as Republicans were revamping the House in Washington, party operatives across the country were changing it by redrawing the political maps that decide who gets elected to Congress and who doesn t. Redistricting - the traditional decennial rite in which the country divvies up citizens into voting blocs and maps out new congressional seats in all 50 states - is an inside game that gets little attention outside academia and a tight circle of political pundits. But it is key in understanding why men and women on the far right and far left now control the levers of power in Washington. House members now hail from overwhelmingly Democratic or Republican districts, which means that they spend most of their time catering to their party s base. And once they win their first race they are virtually assured of reelection for as long as they wish, giving them little incentive to focus on what their constituents want, or need. We are now facing a national divide, in which lawmakers are less accountable to the public and more beholden to party leaders. Fight Club Politics will show how our current political system has silenced the average American voter, and how ordinary citizens can reclaim the institution that claims to represent them. Published in coo
  

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
3
4 stars
2
3 stars
0
2 stars
0
1 star
0

Review: Fight Club Politics: How Partisanship Is Poisoning the House of Representatives

User Review  - Rock - Goodreads

Interesting viewpoint, she raises a lot eye raising questions. Read full review

Review: Fight Club Politics: How Partisanship Is Poisoning the House of Representatives

User Review  - Jasmine - Goodreads

people should know about gerrymandering! Read full review

Related books

Selected pages

Contents

Revamping the House of Representatives
9
Tearing Washingtons Social Fabric Apart
29
Legislating without a Partnership
47
House Centrists Disappear
71
Reshaping Americas Political Map
89
The Road to Redistricting Reform
115
How to Restore Civility to the House
127
AFTERWORD
139
Key Congressional Players
145
House Minority Leader Richard A Gephardts DMo Remarks regarding the Impeachment of President Clinton
151
Statement by House Speaker J Dennis Hastert RIII regarding the House Chaplain
153
Address by House Speaker J Dennis Hastert Reflections on the Role of the Speaker in the Modern Day House of Representatives
159
INDEX
165
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

Popular passages

Page ii - Warrant for Terror: Fatwas of Radical Islam and the Duty to Jihad by Shmuel Bar Preventing Surprise Attacks: Intelligence Reform in the Wake of 9/11 by Richard A. Posner...

References from web pages

'Fight Club Politics' book pulls its punches on GOP House ...
Juliet Eilperin, Fight Club Politics: How Partisanship is Poisoning the House of Representatives (NY: Rowman and Littlefield in cooperation with Hoover ...
www.democraticunderground.com/ discuss/ duboard.php?az=view_all& address=103x215856

thehill.com - Fight Club Politics: a must-read for political junkies
The Hill is a congressional newspaper that publishes daily when Congress is in session, with a special focus on business and lobbying, political campaigns ...
thehill.com/ bookshelf/ fight-club-politics-a-must-read-for-political-junkies-2006-06-08.html

Juliet Eilperin: Fight Club Politics - The Huffington Post
Hey there, this week I'll be writing about my new book, "Fight Club Politics: How Partisanship is Poisoning the House of Representatives. ...
www.huffingtonpost.com/ juliet-eilperin/ fight-club-politics_b_19687.html

'Fight Club Politics' : NPR
Former Washington Post Congressional correspondent Juliet Eilperin says warlike tactics, manipulation and strategic takeovers have replaced compromise in ...
www.npr.org/ templates/ story/ story.php?storyId=5425307

GEORGIA WOMEN VOTE!: Georgia's Own "Fight Club Politics"
We can bring a change to this country, and, with your help, we will. You don't have to be a political expert or have lots of time to have an impact. ...
georgiawomenvote.blogspot.com/ 2006/ 06/ georgias-own-fight-club-politics.html

uliet Eilperin
... Fight Club Politics: How Partisanship is Poisoning the House of Representatives, in which she argues that incumbent-drawn congressional districts have ...
www.lbjlib.utexas.edu/ johnson/ events.hom/ 2006_Eilperin_Juliet.shtm

Dorsey, Tobias A
Fight Club Politics: How Partisanship is Poisoning the House of Representatives, Juliet Eilperin,. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2006, ...
www.apsanet.org/ ~lss/ Newsletter/ jan07/ Booknotes.pdf

book.store.bg - Fight Club Politics: How Partisanship is Poisoning ...
Fight Club Politics: How Partisanship is Poisoning the House of Representatives (Hoover Studies in Politics, Economics, and Society) - Juliet Eilperin ...
import.book.store.bg/ product/ id-0742551199/ fight-club-politics-how-partisanship-is-poisoning-the-house-of-representa...

The Clinton School of Public Service sends students throughout the ...
The Clinton School of Public Service sends students throughout the country and the world, hosts public programs with prominent guest lecturers and serves as ...
www.clintonschool.uasys.edu/ distinguished-speakers/ detail.aspx?id=367

This week in Congressional Ethics
This week in Congressional Ethics Politics & World Affairs
www.physicsforums.com/ showthread.php?t=121214

About the author (2007)

Juliet Eilperin has been a Washington Post reporter since 1998. She was a contributor to Deadlock: The Inside Story of America's Closest Election (2001) about the 2000 presidential election. She lives in Washington, D.C., where she was born and raised.

Bibliographic information