Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the New American Politics

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Oxford University Press, Apr 16, 2010 - Political Science - 336 pages
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When the Democrats retook control of the U.S. House of Representatives in January 2007 after twelve years in the wilderness, Nancy Pelosi became the first woman speaker in American history. In Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the New American Politics, Ron Peters, one of America's leading scholars of Congress, and Cindy Simon Rosenthal, one of America's leading scholars on women and political leadership, provide a comprehensive account of how Pelosi became speaker and what this tells us about Congress in the twenty-first century. They consider the key issues that Pelosi's rise presents for American politics, highlight the core themes that have shaped, and continue to shape, her remarkable caree, and discuss the challenges that women face in the male-dominated world of American politics, particularly at its highest levels. The authors also shed light on Pelosi's political background: first as the scion of a powerful Baltimore political family whose power base lay in East Coast urban ethnic politics, and later as a successful politician in what is probably the most liberal city in the country, San Francisco. Peters and Rosenthal trace how she built her base within the House Democratic Caucus and ultimately consolidated enough power to win the Speakership. They show how twelve years out of power allowed her to fashion a new image for House Democrats, and they conclude with an analysis of her institutional leadership style. The only full-length portrait of Nancy Pelosi in print, this superb volume offers a vivid and insightful analysis of one of America's most remarkable politicians.

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This book by two Universtiy of Oklahoma political science professors is an erudite and careful examination of Nancy Pelosi's career, concentrating on her time as Speaker beginning in 2007. It goes up ... Read full review

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I found this book while doing research for a College Poli-Sci paper. To the editor: Ms. Pelosi was the 60th Speaker of the House of Representatives, not the fifty-second, that honor goes to the Honorable Sam Rayburn, D-Texas. I would hope that something as glaringly obvious as this would have caught your attention. 


Chapter 1 Madam Speaker
Chapter 2 Getting There
Chapter 3 Power in the House
Chapter 4 The Outside Game
Chapter 5 Governing
Chapter 6 Gender
Chapter 7 Leadership

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Ronald M. Peters, Jr. is Regents' Professor of Political Science at the University of Oklahoma. He is the author of The American Speakership: The Office in Historical Perspective. Cindy Simon Rosenthal is Carlisle Mabrey and Lurline Mabrey Presidential Professor of Political Science and Director and Curator of the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center at the University of Oklahoma. The author of When Women Lead, she currently serves as the mayor of Norman, Oklahoma.

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