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pp. xi-xii

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Introduction

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pp. 1-22

"Not enough study has been given to the methods of our legislatures with a view to discovering the principles which have underlain their unfolding history, and the lines along which they may and probably will yet develop..."

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Distributive Theories of Legislative Organization

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pp. 23-60

"Distributive issues - whether economic, political, or ethical - always involve two questions. The first question is as explicit in distributive theories as it has been in modern political science literature at least since Lasswell (1936): Who gets what? The second question..."

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Informational Theories of Legislative Organization

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pp. 61-104

"Knowledge will forever govern ignorance, and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power that knowledge gives them. A popular government without popular information or the means of acquiring it is but a prologue to farce, or tragedy, or perhaps both..."

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The Formation of Informative Committees

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pp. 105-150

"The committee should be an agent of the legislative body for the following purposes: 1. To serve as a means of investigating special fields of proposed legislation and collecting information thereon; 2. To deliberate upon (more time being available than in the chamber itself) and give careful consideration to matters referred to it; 3. To permit ..."

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Information and the Choice of Rules

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pp. 151-192

"Legislative scholars, like minority leaders, have been in long-standing agreement that rules are important determinants of legislative choice. Yet, only recently have theories or even guesses about precisely how rules shape collective choices begun to emerge. A perplexing procedural puzzle can be found within the small but growing literature on legislative rules..."

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Chamber Control and Postftoor Procedures

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pp. 193-246

"The Congressional Conference Committee System forms an indispensable part of modern Congressional procedure. Yet, with all the weight and age and present-day importance that pertains to it, the conference committee is still almost unknown..."

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Legislative Organization, Policy, and Performance

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pp. 247-266

"The publication of seminal works in the 1970s by Mayhew, Ferejohn, Fiorina, and others marked the blossoming of a scholarly consensus whose seed had been planted decades earlier. The increasingly orthodox view has been that the U.S. Congress is organized according to distributive principles because..."

Appendix A. Summary of Terms in Legislative Signaling Games

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pp. 269-270

Appendix B. Additional Analysis of Committee Composition

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pp. 271-274

Appendix C. Probit Estimates and Calculations for Restrictive Rules

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pp. 275-280

Appendix D. Analysis of Conferee Selection

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pp. 281-286

Appendix E. On Rules Changes: The Case of Conference Committees

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pp. 287-290

References

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pp. 291-304

Name Index

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pp. 305-308

Subject Index

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pp. 309-314