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Description - Legislators, Leaders, and Lawmaking by Barbara Sinclair

This is an analysis of the Democrat-dominated US House of Representatives in the 1980s and early 1990s. It interweaves principal-agent theory, behavioural techniques and insider observations, tracing the emergence of a House majority party leadership deeply involved in multiple aspects of the legislative process. Recently plagued by gridlock, huge deficits and deep policy differences between the President and congressional majorities, Congress has often been the target of bitter criticism. In this context, this work asks how the House has not only performed its legislative function but also managed to enhance its role in the American political system. It concludes that the majority party leadership is highly active in the legislative process, yet also leads by means of a participatory and inclusive style.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780801857126
ISBN-10: 0801857120
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 352
Imprint: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publish Date: 28-May-1998
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Barbara Sinclair

Barbara Sinclair is Marvin Hoffenberg Professor of American Politics at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is the author of The Transformation of the U.S. Senate and Majority Leadership in the U.S. House, both available from Johns Hopkins.

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