Party Influence in Congress (Paperback)Steven S. Smith (author)
- We can order this
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Number of pages: 266
Weight: 400 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
"In this important and engaging book, Steven Smith masterfully assesses the state of scholarship on the role of parties in Congress. Moreover, he makes a trenchant argument for a more comprehensive theory of congressional parties, a theory that takes into account factors that, he argues persuasively, have until now been given inadequate attention. This book is essential reading for anyone interested in the influence of parties in Congress." Diana Evans, Trinity College
"Steve Smith has done a public service for the field of legislative studies. Party Influence in Congress is a masterful, comprehensive analysis of the state of the literature on one of the most important topics in American politics. Smith provides a careful, evidence-based critique of current theory and then expert guidance on where scholars can go from here." Frances Lee, Associate Professor of Government and Politics, University of Maryland
"In Party Influence in Congress, Steve Smith challenges current theories of party influence in Congress, and he rightfully criticizes these theories for being overly simplified and for focusing more on one chamber than on the other. In so doing, Smith marshals evidence that yields a more nuanced view of partisan influence one that goes beyond roll call voting and takes into account the multiple collective goals of parties and their leaders. Specifically, Smith demonstrates that the pathways through which parties move legislation in the House and Senate are different and have varied over time. This finding, along with his argument that parties provide order to roll call voting in both chambers and that a party's likelihood of winning increases as its size increases, is a novel addition to the literature. Indeed, throughout Smith's book are important theoretical insights that, together with the empirical evidence that he provides, lay the foundation for the next generation of theories of legislative organization. As always, I admire Smith's ability to weave so much evidence into one coherent argument. As with his other books, this one is so well written that even undergraduate audiences will find it accessible and compelling." Mat McCubbins, Chancellor's Associates Chair in Political Science, University of California, San Diego and Visiting Professor of Law, University of Southern California
"A major work, an absolute must-read for scholars of Congress and parties. With his incisive analysis of prominent theories of party influence and his subtle and creative proposals for tackling the problems that a truly satisfactory theory must confront, Smith decisively sets the direction for future work in this central domain of scholarship." Barbara Sinclair, Marvin Hoffenberg Professor of American Politics, University of California, Los Angeles
You may also be interested in...
Would you like to proceed to the App store to download the Waterstones App?
For shops outside of these areas: reserve online, pay on collection.
Or, add to basket, pay online, collect in as little as 2 hours, subject to availability.