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Beyond Ideology: Politics, Principles, and Partisanship in the U. S. Senate [Paperback]

Item : Beyond Ideology: Politics, Principles, and Partisanship in the U. S. Senate [Paperback]
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Author Author : Lee, Frances E.
ISBN-10 ISBN-10 : 0226470768
ISBN-13 ISBN-13 : 9780226470764
Publisher Publisher : University Of Chicago Press
Pages Pages : 264
Binding Binding : Paperback
Item ID : 100002948

The congressional agenda, Frances Lee contends, includes many issues about which liberals and conservatives generally agree. Even over these matters, though, Democratic and Republican senators tend to fight with each other. What explains this discord?Beyond Ideologyargues that many partisan battles are rooted in competition for power rather than disagreement over the rightful role of government.

The first book to systematically distinguish Senate disputes centering on ideological questions from the large proportion of them that do not, this volume foregrounds the role of power struggle in partisan conflict. Presidential leadership, for example, inherently polarizes legislators who can influence public opinion of the president and his party by how they handle his agenda. Senators also exploit good government measures and floor debate to embarrass opponents and burnish their own party’s image—even when the issues involved are broadly supported or low-stakes. Moreover, Lee contends, the congressional agenda itself amplifies conflict by increasingly focusing on issues that reliably differentiate the parties. With the new president pledging to stem the tide of partisan polarization,Beyond Ideologyprovides a timely taxonomy of exactly what stands in his way.

Frances Leeis associate professor in the Department of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland.

List of Figures

List of Tables

Acknowledgments

Chapter 1. Ties That Bind: Untangling the Roots of Congressional Partisanship

Chapter 2. Before “Ideology”: A Conceptual History

Chapter 3. Sources of Party Conflict: Ideological Disagreement and Teamsmanship

Chapter 4. Dividers, Not Uniters: Presidential Leadership and Legislative Partisanship

Chapter 5. The Partisan Politics of Good Government

Chapter 6. Procedural Partisanship: Intralsx

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