Congress on Display, Congress at Work, Volume 200

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William T. Bianco
University of Michigan Press, 2000 - Political Science - 284 pages
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This impressive collection of essays by many renowned scholars was compiled in honor of Richard F. Fenno's contribution to legislative studies. Utilizing various approaches to examine the impact of strategic behavior, rules, and institutions on legislative outcomes, this book produces significant new insights into legislative behavior. The themes that are constant in this volume and that reflect Richard F. Fenno's own treatment of the field are legislators as rational actors; the expectation that congressional rules, procedures, and institutions reflect the preferences and constraints faced by members of Congress; and viewing politics as politicians do.
The contributors are John Aldrich, Steve Balla, David Castle, Christine DeGregorio, Richard Delany, Diana Evans, Patrick Fett, Linda Fowler, Brian Frederking, Jeffrey Hill, Bryan Marshall, Brandon Prins, David Rohde, Wendy Schiller, Kenneth Shepsle, and John Wright.
William T. Bianco is Associate Professor of Political Science, Pennsylvania State University.
  

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Contents

Soaking Poking
23
Majority Party Leadership Strategic Choice
69
in the House 199598 69
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Preferences and Governance in the U S House
113
Republican House Majority Party Leadership in
139
Can Advisory Committees Facilitate Congressional
167
Understanding Presentation of Self
217
Member Goals and Party Switching in the U S Congress
231
The Distribution of Pork Barrel Projects
243
Congress the President and the Unrealized
265
Contributors
275
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William T. Bianco is professor of political science at Indiana University Bloomington and Co-Chair of the Working Group on the Political Economy of Sustainable Democracy at the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis. He received his undergraduate degree from SUNY Stony Brook and his Ph.D. from the University of Rochester. He is the author of Trust: Representatives and Constituents; American Politics: Strategy and Choice; and numerous articles on American politics. He has received three National Science Foundation grants. He has also served as a consultant to congressional candidates and party campaign committees, as well as to the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and several state and local government agencies.

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