Cover

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Frontmatter

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Contents

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pp. vii-viii

List of Figures

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pp. ix-x

List of Tables

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pp. xi-xii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xiii-xiv

One of the first things I do when I buy a new album is read the acknowledgments in the liner notes. Reading the names that appear there I get a better understanding of the music by learning about the artist's influences, family, friends, mentors, and fellow travelers who play an indispensable role in the production of the music. It is always interesting to see the wide array of ...

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1. The Puzzle of Legislative Entrepreneurship

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pp. 1-24

In the first session of the l00th Congress, Representative Richard Armey (RTX) introduced H.R. 1583, which was a bill that offered a solution to the perennially contentious issue of military base closings. Armey's bill provided for the establishment of a 12-member, bipartisan panel to recommend to the secretary of defense a list of military bases that it deemed superfluous.

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2. Measuring Legislative Entrepreneurship

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pp. 25-44

Although previous studies have broached the topic of legislative entrepreneur ship, none has been devoted to explaining this behavior explicitly and in a systematic fashion. Prior studies of entrepreneurial activity have been largely anecdotal or have employed case study methods. I This book seeks to improve on these studies by undertaking a systematic analysis of legislative...

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3. Legislative Entrepreneurship and Constituency Response

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pp. 45-80

A member of Congress can choose to engage in a variety of activities. A key determinant of the activities a member chooses is the response that constituents have to these activities. A member seeks to engage in the kinds of activities that his constituents favor so that they will return him to office. An important issue for this analysis to examine, then, is how constituents respond to...

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4. Legislative Entrepreneurship and Campaign Finance

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pp. 81-98

The empirical results discussed in the last chapter indicate that direct constituent response to legislative entrepreneurship does not provide much motivation for members to engage in this activity. However, we should not conclude from these results that legislative entrepreneurship has no connection with members' reelection goals because this activity might be related indirectly to other ...

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5. Legislative Entrepreneurship and Intrainstitutional Mobility

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pp. 99-132

The analyses in chapters 3 and 4 revealed no direct, substantively significant relationship among constituent response, campaign finance, and legislative entrepreneurship, and so they did not provide a satisfying answer to the question of why members of the House engage in entrepreneurial activity. In chapter 4, we began to think more explicitly about how members might use their authority ...

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6. Legislative Entrepreneurship and the Republican Takeover

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pp. 133-148

The most compelling explanation for why members of the House would engage in legislative entrepreneurship is that this activity enhances their prospects for advancement to prestigious positions in the committee and party hierarchies. This explanation, however, seems valid only for members of the majority party-that is, Democrats for the period analyzed in the previous chapter.

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7. Conclusion

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pp. 149-160

The purpose of this book has been to explain why members of the House engage in legislative entrepreneurship. Understanding how and why members engage in this behavior is important to understanding how the House functions as a policy-making body. LEs drive much of the legislative production of the House, whether it be legislation involving major innovations in federal ...

Appendixes

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pp. 160-170

References

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pp. 171-186

Index

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pp. 187-193