Congressmen's Voting Decisions

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University of Michigan Press, 1989 - Political Science - 346 pages
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This classic study of voting decisions in the U.S. House of Representatives, based on extensive interviewing and observation, combines theory and substance, generalization and detailed description. With a new introduction, this influential and innovative book remains the best statement of the ways in which legislators reach decisions. The work contributes in critical ways to scholars' and students' understanding of such larger features of legislative process as representation of constituencies, the place of specialization in the making of public policy, the extent and types of legislative rationality, the importance of principles in decisions, and the place of legislatures in larger political systems.
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
THE ACTORS
27
The Constituency
29
Fellow Congressmen
72
Party Leadership and Ranking Committee Members
110
Interest Groups
146
Administration and Executive Branch
177
The Staff
201
Preconsensus Processes
262
Structural Decision Features
282
APPENDIXES
297
Sampling
299
Interviewing Procedure
307
Coding
310
Variables and Indexes
312
ActorVote Agreement Analysis
319

The Media and Other Reading
210
DECISIONMAKING
225
Decision Problems and Information
227
The Consensus Mode of Decision
242
The Consensus Decision Model
326
Index
341
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