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New majority or old minority? : the impact of Republicans on Congress
Rae, Nicol C.
Publication Information:
Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, [1999]

Physical Description:
xi, 220 pages ; 23 cm
From revolution to evolution: Congress under Republican control / Nicol C. Rae and Colton C. Campbell -- Partisan imperatives and institutional constraints: Republican party leadership in the House and Senate / Barbara Sinclair -- Institutional context and leadership style: the case of Newt Gingrich / Ronald M. Peters, Jr. -- Building the Republican regime: leaders and committees / Roger H. Davidson -- Learning to legislate: committees in the Republican Congress / Christopher J. Deering -- Procedural features of House Republican rule / C. Lawrence Evans and Walter J. Oleszek -- Republican roles in Congressional budget reform: twenty-five years of deficit and conflict / James A. Thurber -- Moderate success: majority status and the changing nature of factionalism in the House Republican party / Robin Kolodny -- The House Republicans: lessons for political science / William F. Connelly, Jr. and John J. Pitney, Jr..

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This volume of original essays by leading congressional scholars explores the impact of the Republican majority on Congress with attention to the history of the institution and party characteristics present and future. Visit our website for sample chapters!

Author Notes

Nicol C. Rae is professor of political science at Florida International University. Colton C. Campbell is assistant professor of political science at Florida International University.

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The switch from Democratic to Republican majorities in both houses of Congress in 1994 has produced a host of reassessments providing fresh insights into the workings of Congress, bicameralism, separate branches, and checks and balances. In this volume, editors Rae and Campbell and their colleagues analyze the effect of the new Republican majority on the institution of Congress and the effect of the institution on the Republican majority. This volume joins other recent works analyzing the Congress of the 1990s. Among them are Rae's Conservative Reformers (CH, Nov'98); James Thurber and Roger Davidson (eds.), Remaking Congress (CH, Feb'96); Richard Fenno's Learning to Govern (1997); Dean McSweeney and John Owens (eds.), The Republican Takeover of Congress (CH, Nov'98); and Barbara Sinclair's Legislators, Leaders, and Lawmaking (CH, Nov'95). The volume under review examines the results of the change in majority party from the standpoint of new styles in leadership, changes in congressional committees, changes in legislative processes and procedures, and the effects of majority status on the Republican party. The authors conclude that, although the Republican takeover has produced some changes in how Congress works, the constitutional constraints and institutional norms have kept large-scale change in check. This work will interest all students of the modern-day Congress. All levels. C. P. Chelf; Western Kentucky University