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Choosing the Leader: Leadership Elections in the U.S. House of Representatives

Matthew N. Green and Douglas B. Harris
Format
Book
Published
New Haven : Yale University Press, [2019]
Language
English
Variant Title
Leadership elections in the U.S. House of Representatives
Leadership elections in the United States House of Representatives
ISBN
9780300222579, 0300222572
Summary
How are congressional party leaders chosen? In the first comprehensive study since Robert Peabody's classic Leadership in Congress, political scientists Matthew Green and Douglas Harris draw on newly collected data about U.S. House members who have sought leadership positions from the 1960s to the present - data including whip tallies, public and private vote commitments, interviews, and media accounts - to provide new insights into how the selection process truly works. Elections for congressional party leaders are conventionally seen as a function of either legislators' ideological preferences or factors too idiosyncratic to permit systematic analysis. Analyzing six decades' worth of information, Green and Harris find evidence for a new comprehensive model of vote choice in House leadership elections that incorporates both legislators' goals and their connections with leadership candidates. This study will stand for years to come as the definitive treatment of a crucial aspects of American politics.
Contents
  • Choosing the leader
  • Why run? Party leadership ambitions in the House of Representatives
  • Open competition races I: House democrats
  • Open competition races II: House republicans
  • Challenges to the heir apparent
  • Revolts
  • Conclusion.
Description
ix, 304 pages ; 21 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 271-293) and index.
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