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Electing the Senate: Indirect Democracy before the Seventeenth Amendment [Paperback]

Item : Electing the Senate: Indirect Democracy before the Seventeenth Amendment [Paperback]
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Author Author : Schiller, Wendy J., Stewart III, Charles
ISBN-10 ISBN-10 : 0691163170
ISBN-13 ISBN-13 : 9780691163178
Publisher Publisher : Princeton University Press
Pages Pages : 256
Binding Binding : Paperback
Item ID : 100599600

From 1789 to 1913, U.S. senators were not directly elected by the peopleinstead the Constitution mandated that they be chosen by state legislators. This radically changed in 1913, when the Seventeenth Amendment to the Constitution was ratified, giving the public a direct vote.Electing the Senateinvestigates the electoral connections among constituents, state legislators, political parties, and U.S. senators during the age of indirect elections. Wendy Schiller and Charles Stewart find that even though parties controlled the partisan affiliation of the winning candidate for Senate, they had much less control over the universe of candidates who competed for votes in Senate elections and the parties did not always succeed in resolving internal conflict among their rank and file. Party politics, money, and personal ambition dominated the election process, in a system originally designed to insulate the Senate from public pressure.

Electing the Senateuses an original data set of all the roll call votes cast by state legislators for U.S. senators from 1871 to 1913 and all state legislators who served during this time. Newspaper and biographical accounts uncover vivid stories of the political maneuvering, corruption, and partisanshipplayed out by elite political actors, from elected officials, to party machine bosses, to wealthy business ownersthat dominated the indirect Senate elections process.Electing the Senateraises important questions about the effectiveness of Constitutional reforms, such as the Seventeenth Amendment, that promised to produce a more responsive and accountable government.

Wendy J. Schilleris associate professor of political science and public policy at Brown University.Charles Stewart IIIis the Kenan Sahin Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Schiller and Stewart develop a database of breathtaking proportions to provide insight into the politics of indil£(

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