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Turf Wars: How Congressional Committees Claim Jurisdiction - American Politics & Political Economy S. (Hardback)
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Turf Wars: How Congressional Committees Claim Jurisdiction - American Politics & Political Economy S. (Hardback)

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Hardback 200 Pages / Published: 02/09/1997
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For most bills in American legislature, the issue of turf - or which committee has jurisdiction over a bill - is crucial. This study explains how jurisdictional areas for committees are created and changed in Congress, and dissects the politics of "turf-grabbing". Political scientists have long maintained that jurisdictions are relatively static, changing only at times of dramatic reforms. David King disagrees with this premise and, combining quantitative evidence with interviews and case studies, he shows how ongoing turf wars make jurisdictions fluid. He argues that jurisdictional change stems both from legislators seeking electoral advantage and from nonpartisan House parliamentarians referring ambiguous bills to committees with the expertise to handle the issues. King shows how parliamentarians have become institutional guardians of the legislative process.

Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226436234
Number of pages: 200
Weight: 485 g
Dimensions: 230 x 150 x 20 mm
Edition: 2nd ed.

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