The Substance of Representation: Congress, American Political Development, and Lawmaking

The Substance of Representation: Congress, American Political Development, and Lawmaking

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Hardcover, Princeton University Press, 2013, ISBN13 9780691137810, ISBN10 0691137811
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Hardcover, Princeton University Press, 2013, ISBN13 9780691137810, ISBN10 0691137811

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Hardcover, Princeton University Press, 2013, ISBN13 9780691137810, ISBN10 0691137811


Lawmaking is crucial to American democracy because it completely defines and regulates the public life of the nation. Yet despite its importance, political scientists spend very little time studying the direct impact that the politics surrounding a particular issue has on lawmaking. "The Substance of Representation" draws on a vast range of historical and empirical data to better understand how lawmaking works across different policy areas. Specifically, John Lapinski introduces a theoretically grounded method for parsing policy issues into categories, and he shows how policymaking varies in predictable ways based on the specific issue area being addressed.

Lapinski examines the ways in which key factors that influence policymaking matter for certain types of policy issues, and he includes an exhaustive look at how elite political polarization shifts across these areas. He considers how Congress behaves according to the policy issue at hand, and how particular areas--such as war, sovereignty issues, and immigration reform--change legislative performance. Relying on records of all Congressional votes since Reconstruction and analyzing voting patterns across policy areas from the late nineteenth to late twentieth centuries, Lapinski provides a comprehensive historical perspective on lawmaking in order to shed light on current practices.

Giving a clear picture of Congressional behavior in the policymaking process over time, "The Substance of Representation" provides insights into the critical role of American lawmaking.

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Number of Pages: 181
Number in Series: 1
Original Languages: English
Author: Lapinski, John S.
Series Title: Princeton Studies in American Politics
Book Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Princeton Univ Pr
Publication Date: September, 2013
ISBN-13: 9780691137810
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H): 6.50 x 9.50 x 1.00 Inches
ISBN-10: 0691137811
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