Competing Principals: Committees, Parties, and the Organization of Congress




      Competing Principals: Committees, Parties, and the Organization of Congress
Since Woodrow Wilson, political scientists have recognized the importance of congressional committees in the policy making process Congressional committees often determine what legislation will reach the floor of the House or Senate and what form that legislation will take In spite of the broad consensus on the importance of congressional committees, there is little agreement on what explains committee action Committees are alternately viewed as agents of the chamber, the party caucuses, or constituencies outside the institution Each theory suggests a different distribution of power in the policy making process.Forrest Maltzman argues that none of these models fully captures the role performed by congressional committees and that committee members attempt to balance the interests of the chamber, the party caucus, and outside constituencies Over time, and with the changing importance of a committee s agenda to these groups, the responsiveness of members of committees will vary Maltzman argues that the responsiveness of the committee to these groups is driven by changes in procedure, the strength of the party caucus, and the salience of a committee s agenda Maltzman tests his theory against historical data.This book will appeal to social scientists interested in the study of Congress and legislative bodies, as well as those interested in studying the impact of institutional structure on the policy making process This specialized study, of value to congressional scholars and partisan activists, enriches an understanding of the increasingly predictable patterns of committee variety ChoiceForrest Maltzman is Assistant Professor of Political Science, George Washington University. Free Download [ Competing Principals: Committees, Parties, and the Organization of Congress ] By [ Forrest Maltzman ] – heartforum.co.uk

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  • Paperback
  • 216 pages
  • Competing Principals: Committees, Parties, and the Organization of Congress
  • Forrest Maltzman
  • English
  • 25 December 2019
  • 0472085816

5 thoughts on “ Competing Principals: Committees, Parties, and the Organization of Congress

  1. Ericka Clouther says:

    There are two major contending theories of congressional committees, either they are autonomous decision making agents that ignore those not on the committee, or that they are agents of the political parties that control Congress Maltzman thinks the theory that committees become better agents of the political parties when the parties strength increases This book seems overly quaint even for 1997 when it was published The party system is now a complete monolith, but we were most of the way There are two major contending theories of congressional committees, either they are autonomous decision making agents that ignore those not on the committee, or that they are agents of the political parties that control Congress Maltzman thinks the theory that committees become better agents of the political parties when the parties strength increases This book seems overly quaint even for 1997 when it was published The party system is now a complete monolith, but ...

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