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Structure and Policy

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Part of Political Economy of Institutions and Decisions

David R. Mayhew, Morris P. Fiorina, Nelson W. Polsby, Barry R. Weingast, Richard F. Fenno, Jr., David W. Rohde, Kenneth A. Shepsle, David Brady, Mark A. Morgan, Joseph Cooper, Patrica A. Hurley, Charles O. Jones, Terry Sullivan, Thomas Schwartz, Keith Krehbiel, Mathew D. McCubbins, Talbot Page, John A. Ferejohn, Roger Noll, Randall L. Calvert, Mark J. Moran, R. Douglas Arnold
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  • Date Published: August 1987
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521337502

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  • First published in 1987, Congress: Structure and Policy is a review of congressional research from an institutional perspective. The selections blend theoretical material found in the fields of discussion theory, political economy, social choice and game theory, with classics on such standard topics as elections and campaigning, controlling the bureaucracy and oversight, norms of behaviour, committees and committee assignments reform, budgeting, presidential influence, and the party and its leadership. Together, these readings present an institutional theory of Congress. They are integrated in order to address both the short-run issue of how congressional institutions shape policy and the long-run question of why congressional organization has evolved the way it has. In their introductions to the chapters, the editors, Professors McCubbins and Sullivan, not only address the themes of the individual readings but place the chapters in the larger context of the political economy.

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    • Date Published: August 1987
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521337502
    • length: 576 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 33 mm
    • weight: 0.84kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Series editors' preface
    Preface
    Introduction: institutional aspects of decision processes
    Part I. Representation:
    1. The electoral connection and the Congress David R. Mayhew
    2. The case of the vanishing marginals: the bureaucracy did it Morris P. Fiorina
    3. Running scared: elections and congressional politics in the 1980s
    Part II. The Shape of Congressional Institutions
    Section 1. The Development of Institutional Arrangements:
    4. The institutionalization of the US House of Representatives Nelson W. Polsby
    5. A rational choice perspective on congressional norms Barry R. Weingast
    Section 2. Committees:
    6. Congressmen and committees: a comparative analysis Richard F. Fenno, Jr.
    7. Democratic committee assignments in the House of Representatives: strategic aspects of a social choice process David W. Rohde and Kenneth A. Shepsle
    8. Reforming the structure of the House appropriations process: the effects of the 1885 and 1919–20 reforms on money decisions David Brady and Mark A. Morgan
    Section 3. Parties:
    9. The decline of party in the US House of Representatives, 1887–1968 David Brady, Joseph Cooper, and Patrica A. Hurley
    Section 4. Leadership:
    10. Joseph G. Cannon and Howard W. Smith: an essay on the limits of leadership in the House of Representatives Charles O. Jones
    11. Presidential leadership in Congress: securing commitments Terry Sullivan
    Part III. The Impact of Institutional Arrangements: Implications for the study of Congress:
    12. Votes, strategies, and institutions: an introduction to the theory of collective choice Thomas Schwartz
    13. Institutional arrangements and equilibrium in multidimensional voting models Kenneth A. Shepsle
    14. Sophisticated committees and structure-induced equilibria in Congress Keith Krehbiel
    Part IV. The Impact of Institutional Arrangements on the Development of Public Policy:
    15. A theory of congressional delegation Mathew D. McCubbins and Talbot Page
    16. Congressional oversight overlooked: police patrols versus fire alarms Mathew D. McCubbins and Thomas Schwartz
    17. The structure of agency decision processes John A. Ferejohn
    18. The political foundations of regulatory policy Roger Noll
    19. Congressional influence over policy making: the case of the FTC Randall L. Calvert, Mark J. Moran, and Barry R Weingast
    20. Legislators, bureaucrats, and locational decisions R. Douglas Arnold
    Index.

  • Editors

    Matthew D. McCubbins

    Terry Sullivan

    Contributors

    David R. Mayhew, Morris P. Fiorina, Nelson W. Polsby, Barry R. Weingast, Richard F. Fenno, Jr., David W. Rohde, Kenneth A. Shepsle, David Brady, Mark A. Morgan, Joseph Cooper, Patrica A. Hurley, Charles O. Jones, Terry Sullivan, Thomas Schwartz, Keith Krehbiel, Mathew D. McCubbins, Talbot Page, John A. Ferejohn, Roger Noll, Randall L. Calvert, Mark J. Moran, R. Douglas Arnold

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