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Esteemed Colleagues
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What¡'s happened to the longstanding traditions of civility and decorum within the world's greatest deliberative body? While the Senate hasn't yet become as rancorous as the House, over the past three decades it has grown noticeably less collegial. In Esteemed Colleagues, leading congressional scholars address the extent to which civility has declined in the U.S. Senate, and how that decline has affected our political system. The contributors analyze the relationships between Senators, shaped by high levels of both individualism and partisanship, and how these ties shape the deliberation of issues before the chamber. Civility and deliberation have changed in recent decades, up to and including the Clinton impeachment process, and the book sheds light on both the current American politics and the broad issues of representation, responsiveness, and capacity within our governmental institutions.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Title Page
  2. pp. iii-iii
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  1. Copyright Page
  2. pp. iv-iv
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Chapter One: Civility and Deliberation: A Linked Pair?
  2. pp. 1-12
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  1. Part I: Civility in the U.S. Senate
  2. pp. 13-13
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  1. Chapter Two: Constitutional Cohabitation
  2. pp. 15-31
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  1. Chapter Three: Is the Senate More Civil than the House?
  2. pp. 32-58
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  1. Part II: A Deliberative Institution
  2. pp. 57-57
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  1. Chapter Four: Individualism, Partisanship, and Cooperation in the Senate
  2. pp. 59-77
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  1. Chapter Five: The Procedural Context of Senate Deliberation
  2. pp. 78-104
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  1. Chapter Six: Last among Equals: The Senate's Presiding Officer
  2. pp. 105-136
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  1. Part III: Senate Deliberation in Context
  2. pp. 135-135
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  1. Chapter Seven: Constituency Size and the Strategic Behavior of Senators
  2. pp. 137-163
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  1. Chapter Eight: Senators and Reporters Revisited
  2. pp. 164-193
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  1. Chapter Nine: The Senate and the Executive
  2. pp. 194-219
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  1. Part IV: Civility and Deliberation in Practice
  2. pp. 221-221
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  1. Chapter Ten: Civility, Deliberation, and Impeachment
  2. pp. 223-240
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  1. Chapter Eleven: The Senate Budget Committee: Bastion of Comity?
  2. pp. 241-258
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 259-260
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 261-273
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