Strategic Party Government: Why Winning Trumps Ideology Chicago Studies in American Politics

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University of Chicago Press #ad - Why is congress mired in partisan polarization? The conventional answer is that members of Congress and their constituencies fundamentally disagree with one other along ideological lines. In strategic party government, Koger and Lebo argue that Congress is now primarily a forum for partisan competition.

And as the parties present increasingly united fronts, partisan competition intensifies and pressure continues to mount for a strong party-building strategy—despite considerable disagreement within the parties. In order to avoid losing, legislators unite behind strong party leaders, even when they do not fully agree with the policies their party is advocating.

Strategic Party Government: Why Winning Trumps Ideology Chicago Studies in American Politics #ad - But gregory Koger and Matthew J. Lebo uncover a more compelling reason that today’s political leaders devote so much time to conveying their party’s positions, even at the expense of basic government functions: Both parties want to win elections. By bringing this powerful but underappreciated force in American politics to the forefront, Koger and Lebo provide a new interpretation of the problems facing Congress that is certain to reset the agenda for legislative studies.

They do so in the belief that party leaders and voters will reward them for winning—or at least trying to win—these legislative contests.

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Congress and Its Members

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CQ Press #ad - The gold standard for congress courses for Over Thirty Years   Congress and Its Members by Roger H. Davidson, Walter J. Lee, and eric schickler offers you comprehensive coverage of the U. S. Congress and the legislative process by examining the tension between Congress as a lawmaking institution and as a collection of politicians constantly seeking re-election.

. The highly anticipated seventeenth edition considers the 2018 elections and the trump administration, rules, reapportionment, party and committee leadership changes, public attitudes about Congress, campaign finance, judicial appointments, White House–Capitol Hill relations, discussing the agenda of the new Congress, in addition to covering changes to budgeting, lobbying, and partisan polarization, and procedures.

Congress and Its Members #ad - Always balancing great scholarship with currency, charts, exhibits, this bestseller features lively case material along with relevant data, maps, and photos. Oleszek, Frances E.

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The American Congress Reader

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Cambridge University Press #ad - Used book in Good Condition. By the same authors who drew upon capitol hill experience and nationally recognized scholarship to present a crisp introduction and analysis of Congress's inner mechanics, leadership, the Reader compiles the best relevant scholarship on party and committee systems, voting, and floor activity to broaden and illuminate the key features of the text.

The american congress Reader provides a supplement to the popular and newly updated American Congress undergraduate textbook.

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Insecure Majorities: Congress and the Perpetual Campaign

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University of Chicago Press #ad - Used book in Good Condition. Lee offers a controversial new perspective on the rise of congressional party conflict, showing how the shift in competitive circumstances has had a profound impact on how Democrats and Republicans interact. With insecure Majorities, Frances E. As democrats and republicans continue to vie for political advantage, Congress remains paralyzed by partisan conflict.

More often than not, this strategy stands in the way of productive bipartisan cooperation—and it is also unlikely to change as long as control of the government remains within reach for both parties. Lee shows, through an impressive range of interviews and analysis, how competition for control of the government drives members of both parties to participate in actions that promote their own party’s image and undercut that of the opposition, including the perpetual hunt for issues that can score political points by putting the opposing party on the wrong side of public opinion.

Insecure Majorities: Congress and the Perpetual Campaign #ad - For nearly half a century, usually maintaining control of the presidency, Democrats were the majority party, the House, and the Senate. Under such uncompetitive conditions, scant collective action was exerted by either party toward building or preserving a majority. In contrast to politics through most of the twentieth century, the contemporary Democratic and Republican parties compete for control of Congress at relative parity, and this has dramatically changed the parties’ incentives and strategies in ways that have driven the contentious partisanship characteristic of contemporary American politics.

Beginning in the 1980s, that changed, and most elections since have offered the prospect of a change of party control. That the last two decades have seen some of the least productive Congresses in recent history is usually explained by the growing ideological gulf between the parties, but this explanation misses another fundamental factor influencing the dynamic.

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Uncivil Agreement: How Politics Became Our Identity

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The Polarizers: Postwar Architects of Our Partisan Era

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University of Chicago Press #ad - Even in this most partisan and dysfunctional of eras, we can all agree on one thing: Washington is broken. Rosenfeld reveals that the story of Washington’s transformation is both significantly institutional and driven by grassroots influences on both the left and the right. The polarizers brilliantly challenges and overturns our conventional narrative about partisanship, but perhaps most importantly, it points us toward a new consensus: if we deliberately created today’s dysfunctional environment, we can deliberately change it.

Republicans and democrats feared that they were becoming too similar, and that a mushy consensus imperiled their agendas and even American democracy itself. Used book in Good Condition. Rosenfeld reveals the specific politicians, intellectuals, and operatives who worked together to heighten partisan discord, showing that our system today is not solely a product of gradual structural shifts but of deliberate actions motivated by specific agendas.

The Polarizers: Postwar Architects of Our Partisan Era #ad - Thus began a deliberate move to match ideology with party label—with the toxic results we now endure. Politicians take increasingly inflexible and extreme positions, partisan warfare, leading to gridlock, and the sense that our seats of government are nothing but cesspools of hypocrisy, childishness, and waste.

The shocking reality, though, is that modern polarization was a deliberate project carried out by Democratic and Republican activists. In the polarizers, sam rosenfeld details why bipartisanship was seen as a problem in the postwar period and how polarization was then cast as the solution.

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Building the Bloc: Intraparty Organization in the US Congress

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Cambridge University Press #ad - Used book in Good Condition. Eight case studies complicate our understanding of landmark fights over rules reform, mid-century battles over civil rights legislation, early twentieth-century economic struggles, and contemporary debates over national health care and fiscal policy. Drawing on rich archival evidence and interview data, the book details the challenges dissident lawmakers encounter when they face off against party leaders and their efforts to organize in response.

Traversing more than a century of american history, this book advances a new theory of congressional organization to explain why and how party dissidents rely on institutions of their own making, arguing that these intraparty organizations can radically shift the balance of power between party leaders and rank-and-file members.

Building the Bloc: Intraparty Organization in the US Congress #ad - Intraparty organizations empower legislators of varying ideological stripes to achieve collective and coordinated action by providing selective incentives to cooperative members, transforming public-good policies into excludable accomplishments, and helping members to institute rules and procedures to promote group decision making.

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Political Ideologies and Political Parties in America Cambridge Studies in Public Opinion and Political Psychology

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Cambridge University Press #ad - Hans noel shows that liberalism and conservatism emerged as important forces independent of existing political parties. Modern polarization can thus be explained as the natural outcome of living in a period, perhaps the first in our history, in which two dominant ideologies have captured the two dominant political parties.

. Cambridge University Press. Used book in Good Condition. These ideologies then reshaped parties in their own image. Treating ideology as neither a nuisance nor a given, the analysis describes the development of the modern liberal and conservative ideologies that form the basis of our modern political parties.

Political Ideologies and Political Parties in America Cambridge Studies in Public Opinion and Political Psychology #ad - Political ideologies and Political Parties in America puts ideology front and center in the discussion of party coalition change.

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Is Bipartisanship Dead?: Policy Agreement and Agenda-Setting in the House of Representatives

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Cambridge University Press #ad - Despite voting coalitions showing a decline in bipartisan agreement between 1973 and 2004, member's bill cosponsorship coalitions show a much more stable level of bipartisanship. Cambridge University Press. Is bipartisanship dead? looks beyond and considers the time before roll call voting to examine the extent to which bipartisan agreement in the House of Representatives has declined since the 1970s.

Used book in Good Condition. Laurel harbridge argues that this shift reflects a changing political environment and an effort by leaders to balance members' electoral interests, governance goals, and partisan differentiation. Party leaders in the house changed from prioritizing legislation with bipartisan agreement in the 1970s to prioritizing legislation with partisan disagreement by the 1990s.

Is Bipartisanship Dead?: Policy Agreement and Agenda-Setting in the House of Representatives #ad - They also shed light on whether partisan conflict is insurmountable, ultimately, and, whether bipartisanship in congressional politics is dead. The findings speak to questions of representation and governance. The declining bipartisanship over time in roll call voting reflects a shift in how party leaders structure the floor and roll call agendas.

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The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order

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Simon & Schuster 32836229 #ad - An insightful and powerful analysis of the forces driving global politics, it is as indispensable to our understanding of American foreign policy today as the day it was published. Events since the publication of the book have proved the wisdom of that analysis. Simon Schuster. The clash of civilizations and the remaking of World Order explains how the population explosion in Muslim countries and the economic rise of East Asia are changing global politics.

Cambridge University Press. As ideological distinctions among nations have been replaced by cultural differences, world politics has been reconfigured. Huntington offers a strategy for the West to preserve its unique culture and emphasizes the need for people everywhere to learn to coexist in a complex, multipolar, muliticivilizational world.

These developments challenge western dominance, promote opposition to supposedly “universal” Western ideals, immigration, and intensify intercivilization conflict over such issues as nuclear proliferation, human rights, and democracy. The classic study of post-cold war international relations, more relevant than ever in the post-9/11 world, with a new foreword by Zbigniew Brzezinski.

The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order #ad - Since its initial publication, the clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order has become a classic work of international relations and one of the most influential books ever written about foreign affairs. The 9/11 attacks and wars in iraq and Afghanistan have demonstrated the threat of civilizations but have also shown how vital international cross-civilization cooperation is to restoring peace.

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The Great Alignment: Race, Party Transformation, and the Rise of Donald Trump

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Yale University Press #ad - This statistically based analysis shows that racial anxiety is by far a better predictor of support for Donald Trump than any other factor, including economic discontent. Alan I. Today’s party divide reflects an unprecedented alignment of many different divides: racial and ethnic, religious, ideological, and geographic.

The polarization of the political and media elites, he argues, arose and persists because it accurately reflects the state of American society. Abramowitz has emerged as a leading spokesman for the view that our current political divide is not confined to a small group of elites and activists but a key feature of the American social and cultural landscape.

The Great Alignment: Race, Party Transformation, and the Rise of Donald Trump #ad - History. Here, he goes further: the polarization is unique in modern U. S. Cambridge University Press. Simon Schuster. Used book in Good Condition. Abramowitz shows how the partisan alignment arose out of the breakup of the old New Deal coalition; introduces the most important difference between our current era and past eras, the rise of “negative partisanship”; explains how this phenomenon paved the way for the Trump presidency; and examines why our polarization could even grow deeper.

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