The U.S. Senate : from deliberation to dysfunction


The U.S. Senate : from deliberation to dysfunction

editor, Burdett A. Loomis ; [Alan I. Abramowitz ... et al.]

Sage, CQ Press, c2012

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Includes bibliographical references and index



With an avalanche of scholarship on the House, it can be tough to balance out coverage in a typical Congress course with appropriate readings on the "slow institution." Offering top-notch research geared to an undergraduate audience, Loomis' new edited volume represents a broad picture of the contemporary Senate and how it came to be. While addressing issues of delay, obstruction, and polarization in a variety of ways, the scholars in this collection are not proposing a reform agenda, but instead, explore the historical and political contexts for how difficult it can be to change a non-majoritarian, highly individualistic institution. Students will come away from these chapters with a much greater appreciation of the Senate's unique combination of tradition, precedent, and constitutional mandate.


The Senate at Mid-20th Century - Eric Schickler Senate Elections and Campaigns, 1960-2010 - Alan Abramowitz Senators' Careers and Enterprises: From Individual Operator to CEO - Burdett Loomis Individual Senators and the Party Linkage - Frances Lee Parties in the Senate - Barbara Sinclair The Procedural Senate - Steven Smith The Filibuster Then and Now: Civil Rights in the 1960s and Health Care, 2009-10 - Greg Koger The Senate and the House: Bicameral Relations, 1960-2010 - Ross Baker The Senate and the Executive: Nomination Politics - Sarah Binder Domestic Policy: The Politics of Energy - Bruce Oppenheimer The Senate and Foreign Policy - James Lindsay The 21st Century Senate - David Rohde

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