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How Congress Evolves

Social Bases of Institutional Change

How Congress Evolves by Nelson W. Polsby
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Introduction I. The House in Sam Rayburn's Time A Conservative House: 1937-1957 After the 1958 Election: Frustration The Rump Session of 1960 Packing the Rules Committee by Avoiding the Democratic Caucus: 1961 II. Toward Liberalization Succession to Rayburn Conflict within the Caucus: Liberals against the Leadership, 1963 Incremental Committee Packing: Appropriations, 1963 Republican Committee Packing: Maintaining the Party Mainstream, 1961-1963 The Landslide: 1964 The Democratic Study Group Uses the Caucus: 1967-72 Fallout from Watergate: The Caucus Puts Seniority under Siege A Remodeled House III. Causes of Liberalization The House Democratic Caucus The Rise of the Two-Party South Southern Republicans in the 1990s: A Group Portrait IV. Consequences: Toward a More Responsible Two-Party System? The Retreat from Bipartisanship in Committee Two Strategies of Opposition An Era of Ill-Feeling Tyranny Tempered by Assassination V. Overview: How Congress Evolves Innovation and Stalemate Overview of the House Stories about Change Appendix: Methods and Sources Notes Index
Oxford University Press; January 2005
272 pages; ISBN 9780198036654
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