Separation of Powers and Legislative Organization

Separation of Powers and Legislative Organization

The President, the Senate, and Political Parties in the Making of House Rules

Sin, Gisela (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)

Cambridge University Press






15 a 20 dias

This book examines how the constitutional requirements of the lawmaking process, combined with the factional divisions within parties, affect US representatives' decisions about how to distribute power among themselves.
1. A constitutional perspective on House organization; 2. Constitutional actors and intraparty groups; 3. A constitutional theory of House organization; 4. Timing of House organizational changes; 5. The Senate and White House shadows: centralization and decentralization of the rule of the US House, 1879-2013; 6. New rules for an old Speaker: revisiting the 1910 revolt against Speaker Cannon; 7. Conclusion; Appendix A. Constitutional actors, partisanship, and House majority intraparty groups; Appendix B. Theoretical proof; Appendix C. List of changes in the rules and procedures of the House; Appendix D. The universe of rules-and-procedures coding of the William H. Taft and Calvin Coolidge presidencies; Appendix E. Directionality of rules and procedures; Appendix F. Senate's ideal point.
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