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Governing in a Polarized Age
Elections, Parties, and Political Representation in America

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R. Douglas Arnold, Gary Jacobson, Robert S. Erikson, Christopher Achen, Frances E. Lee, John Mark Hansen, Shigeo Hirano, James M. Snyder, Jr, Joshua D. Clinton, Ira Katznelson, John S. Lapinski, Sarah Binder, Stephen Ansolabehere, Maxwell Palmer, Benjamin Schneer, Eric M. Patashnik, Justin Peck, Katherine Levine Einstein, Jennifer Hochschild, Keith Krehbiel, David E. Price, David R. Mayhew
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  • Date Published: February 2017
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107095090

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  • Many political observers have expressed doubts as to whether America's leaders are up to the task of addressing major policy challenges. Yet much of the critical commentary lacks grounding in the systematic analysis of the core institutions of the American political system including elections, representation, and the law-making process. Governing in a Polarized Age brings together more than a dozen leading scholars to provide an in-depth examination of representation and legislative performance. Drawing upon the seminal work of David Mayhew as a point of departure, these essays explore the dynamics of incumbency advantage in today's polarized Congress, asking whether the focus on individual re-election that was the hallmark of Mayhew's ground-breaking book, Congress: The Electoral Connection, remains useful for understanding today's Congress. The essays link the study of elections with close analysis of changes in party organization and with a series of systematic assessments of the quality of legislative performance.

    • Leading scholars of Congress, elections, and parties provide systematic evaluations of contemporary politics
    • Links analysis of elections and representation with governance
    • Chapters engage with some of the most important scholarly debates in American politics: the role of incumbency, the dynamics of party polarization, and the sources of legislative productivity
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    'Overall, Governing in a Polarized Age is focused on representation and the impact of a member’s credit claiming, advertising, and position taking on Congress (specifically) and the executive branch (generally).' Jacob R. Straus, Congress and the Presidency

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    • Date Published: February 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107095090
    • length: 406 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 27 mm
    • weight: 0.68kg
    • contains: 62 b/w illus. 47 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    Part I. Political Representation and Democratic Accountability:
    2. The electoral connection, age 40 R. Douglas Arnold
    3. The electoral connection, then and now Gary Jacobson
    4. The congressional incumbency advantage over sixty years: measurement, trends, and implications Robert S. Erikson
    5. A baseline for incumbency effects Christopher Achen
    Part II. Continuity and Change in Party Organizations:
    6. Legislative parties in an era of alternating majorities Frances E. Lee
    7. Parties within parties: parties, factions, and coordinated politics, 1900–80 John Mark Hansen, Shigeo Hirano and James M. Snyder, Jr
    8. Where measures meet history: party polarization during the New Deal and Fair Deal Joshua D. Clinton, Ira Katznelson and John S. Lapinski
    Part III. Partisanship and Governmental Performance:
    9. Polarized we govern? Sarah Binder
    10. What has Congress done? Stephen Ansolabehere, Maxwell Palmer and Benjamin Schneer
    11. Can Congress do policy analysis? The politics of problem solving on Capitol Hill Eric M. Patashnik and Justin Peck
    12. Studying contingency systematically Katherine Levine Einstein and Jennifer Hochschild
    13. Majoritarianism, majoritarian tension, and the Reed revolution Keith Krehbiel
    Part IV. Conclusions:
    14. Intensified partisanship in congress: institutional effects David E. Price
    15. The origins of Congress: The Electoral Connection David R. Mayhew.

  • Editors

    Alan S. Gerber, Yale University, Connecticut
    Alan S. Gerber is Divisional Director for the Social Sciences and Dilley Professor of Political Science at Yale University, Connecticut. Co-author of an award-winning textbook on experimental methods, his work has appeared in the leading journals in political science and has received various awards, including the Heinz Eulau Award for the best article in the American Political Science Review. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2009) and the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences (2013).

    Eric Schickler, University of California, Berkeley
    Eric Schickler is Jeffrey and Ashley McDermott Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of Disjointed Pluralism, which won the Richard F. Fenno, Jr Prize for the best book on legislative politics in 2002. He is the co-author of Partisan Hearts and Minds, which was published in 2002, and Filibuster, which was published in 2006 and won the Fenno Prize.

    Contributors

    R. Douglas Arnold, Gary Jacobson, Robert S. Erikson, Christopher Achen, Frances E. Lee, John Mark Hansen, Shigeo Hirano, James M. Snyder, Jr, Joshua D. Clinton, Ira Katznelson, John S. Lapinski, Sarah Binder, Stephen Ansolabehere, Maxwell Palmer, Benjamin Schneer, Eric M. Patashnik, Justin Peck, Katherine Levine Einstein, Jennifer Hochschild, Keith Krehbiel, David E. Price, David R. Mayhew

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