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Legislative Leviathan
Party Government in the House

2nd Edition

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  • Date Published: March 2007
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521694094

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  • The second edition of Legislative Leviathan provides an incisive new look at the inner workings of the House of Representatives in the post-World War II era. Re-evaluating the role of parties and committees, Gary W. Cox and Mathew D. McCubbins view parties in the House - especially majority parties - as a species of 'legislative cartel'. These cartels seize the power, theoretically resident in the House, to make rules governing the structure and process of legislation. Most of the cartel's efforts are focused on securing control of the legislative agenda for its members. The first edition of this book had significant influence on the study of American politics and is essential reading for students of Congress, the presidency, and the political party system.

    • Application of cartel theory to the Republican controlled House
    • Up-to-date reviews of existing literature
    • Features an extensive range of quantitative evidence in support of the agenda control theory
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Legislative Leviathan was a stellar piece of research that had a profound impact on how scholars thought about the Congress. It was marked by clear and compelling theory, sophisticated analysis, and an enormous amount of relevant and convincing evidence. In this revised edition, updated by consideration of the period of the Republican majority and with discussions of recent research, ’Leviathan’ remains one of the truly essential works for students of the legislative politics."
    David Rohde, Duke University

    "In Legislative Leviathan, Cox and McCubbins have produced the most sophisticated, nuanced theoretical treatment of congressional parties to date. It is a special treat to see that they have incorporated the most recent thinking about congressional parties in this new edition. If you read and learned from the first edition, you must read this edition, too. If you are new to the subject of congressional parties, then start here."
    Steven S. Smith, Washington University, St. Louis

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: March 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521694094
    • length: 328 pages
    • dimensions: 231 x 182 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.44kg
    • contains: 36 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Autonomy and Distinctiveness of Committees:
    1. Self-selection and the subgovernment thesis
    2. The seniority system in Congress
    3. Subgovernments and the representativeness of committees
    Part II. A Theory of Party Organization:
    4. Institutions as solutions to collective dilemmas
    5. A theory of legislative parties
    Part III. Parties as Floor Voting Coalitions:
    6. On the decline of party voting in Congress
    Part IV. Parties as Procedural Coalitions: Committee Appointments:
    7. Party loyalty and committee assignments
    8. Contingents and parties
    Part V. Parties as Procedural Coalitions: The Scheduling Power:
    9. The majority party and the legislative agenda
    10. Controlling the legislative agenda.

  • Authors

    Gary W. Cox, University of California, San Diego
    Gary W. Cox is a Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of California, San Diego. In addition to numerous articles in the areas of legislative and electoral politics, he is author of The Efficient Secret (winner of the Samuel H. Beer dissertation prize in 1983); co-author of Legislative Leviathan: Party Government in the House (winner of the Richard F. Fenno Prize in 1993) and Elbridge Gerry's Salamander: The Electoral Consequences of the Reapportionment Revolution (Cambridge, 2002); and author of Making Votes Count: Strategic Coordination in the World's Electoral Systems (1997), which was awarded APSA's award for the best book in political science (Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award), the best book in comparative politics (Gregory Luebbert Prize), and the best book in political economy. His latest book, Setting the Agenda: Responsible Party Government in the US House of Representatives, with co-author Mathew McCubbins, was published in 2005. Cox is a former Guggenheim Fellow and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1996.

    Mathew D. McCubbins, University of California, San Diego
    Mathew D. McCubbins is a Professor of Political Science at the University of California, San Diego. His authored and co-authored works include Legislative Leviathan: Party Government in the House, 1st Edition (1993); Under the Watchful Eye: Managing Presidential Campaigns in the Television Era (1992); and Stealing the Initiative: How State Government Responds to Direct Democracy (2001). Recent co-edited books include The Origins of Liberty: Political and Economic Liberalization in the Modern World (1997) and Elements of Reason: Cognition, Choice, and the Bounds of Rationality (2000). His most recent book is Setting the Agenda: Responsible Party Government in the US House of Representatives (Cambridge, 2005) with Gary Cox. McCubbins is also the author of numerous articles in journals such as Legislative Studies Quarterly; the Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization; Law and Contemporary Problems and the American Journal of Political Science. He is the coordinator of the Law and the Behavioral Sciences Project and was a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences for 1994–5.

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