The Logic of Congressional Action

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Yale University Press, Jul 1, 1992 - Political Science - 282 pages
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In this book, R. Douglas Arnold offers a theory that explains how legislators make decisions across the whole range of domestic policy, showing why organized interests frequently triumph and why the general public sometimes wins. By demonstrating how legislative leaders build coalitions for both types of programs, he illuminates recent legislative decisions in such areas as economic, tax, and energy policy.
  

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An important book, albeit extremely repetitive and unnecessarily long for the simple argument it puts forward. Read full review

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User Review  - Meggan - Goodreads

Arnold uses outdated rational choice "logic" to defend a theory largely (and admittedly) devoid of reality. Given that the book was written before the internet, blogs, and Fox News, I can't really see much use for this book in understanding contemporary Congressional action. Read full review

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Contents

Policy Attributes and Policy Preferences
17
Policy Preferences and Congressional Elections
37
Electoral Calculations and Legislators Decisions
60
Strategies for Coalition Leaders
88
Policy Decisions
119
Economic Policy
149
Tax Policy193
193
Energy Policy
224
Citizens Control of Government
265
Index
277
Copyright

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R. Douglas Arnold, The Logic of Congressional Action (1990). Gary C. Jacobson, The Politics of Congressional Elections, 4th ed. (1997). ...
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R. Douglas Arnold, The Logic of Congressional Action (Yale, 1990). 3. Daniel P. Carpenter, The Forging of Bureaucratic Autonomy: Reputations, ...
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The Logic of Congressional Action. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press. Burke, John and Fred Greenstein. 1989. How Presidents Test Reality. ...
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The Logic of Congressional Action. New Haven, CT: Yale. University Press. Andrea Louise Campbell. 2003. How Policies Make Citizens: Senior Political ...
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The Logic of Congressional Action. Yale University Press, 1990. r Glenn Beamer. Creative Politics: Taxes and Public Goods in a Federal System. ...
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About the author (1992)

R. Douglas Arnold is William Church Osborn Professor of Public Affairs and Professor of Politics at Princeton University. His books include "The Logic of Congressional Action," which won the 1990 Fenno Prize for the best book in legislative studies, and "Congress and the Bureaucracy.

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