Living Legislation: Durability, Change, and the Politics of American Lawmaking

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Jeffery A. Jenkins, Eric M. Patashnik
University of Chicago Press, Apr 23, 2012 - Law - 359 pages
Politics is at its most dramatic during debates over important pieces of legislation. It is thus no stretch to refer to legislation as a living, breathing force in American politics. And while debates over legislative measures begin before an item is enacted, they also endure long afterward, when the political legacy of a law becomes clear. Living Legislation provides fresh insights into contemporary American politics and public policy. Of particular interest to the contributors to this volume is the question of why some laws stand the test of time while others are eliminated, replaced, or significantly amended. Among the topics the essays discuss are how laws emerge from—and effect change within—coalition structures, the effectiveness of laws at mediating partisan conflicts, and the ways in which laws interact with broader shifts in the political environment. As an essential addition to the study of politics, Living Legislation enhances understanding of democracy, governance, and power.
 

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Contents

Studying Living Legislation Coalitions Durability and Change
45
Reflections
253
Notes
281
Contributors
341
Index
345
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Jeffery A. Jenkins is associate professor in the Woodrow Wilson Department of Politics at the University of Virginia and the author of two forthcoming books: Fighting for the Speakership and Analyzing Parties.Eric M. Patashnik is professor of public policy and politics and associate dean of the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia. He is the author or editor of several books, including Reforms at Risk.

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