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In recent Congresses, roughly half of the members of the U.S. House of Representatives served in whip organizations and on party committees. Rank-and-file representatives who use party service to advance their own careers benefit from this growing rate of participation in the party hierarchy, as do the party leaders who use participation in order to advance the party’s agenda through coordination, communication, and persuasion. According to Scott R. Meinke, however, rising electoral competition and polarization over the past 40 years have altered the nature of party participation. In the 1970s and 1980s, the participation of a wide range of members was crucial to building consensus. Since then, in the partisan battle for control of the chamber, organizations responsible for coordination in the party have become dominated by those who follow the party line. At the same time, key leaders in the House use participatory organizations less as forums for internal deliberations over policy and strategy than as channels for exchanging information with supporters outside Congress and broadcasting sharply partisan campaign messages to the public. This transformation of leadership organizations generally serves a party’s collective goals in an era of close electoral competition and ideological polarization. Yet it also hinders a party’s ability to reach a strategic consensus over divisive issues and to develop its own policy alternatives.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Cover
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  1. Revised Pages Leadership Organizations in the House of Representatives
  2. Scott R. Meinke
  3. pp. i-ii
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. iii-vi
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  1. Contents
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  1. Preface and Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xiii
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  1. 1. Party Leadership Organizations at Work: Four Examples
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. 2. Participation in the Party: A Framework for Understanding Leadership Organizations
  2. pp. 17-37
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  1. 3. Leadership and Membership Perspectives on Party Participation
  2. pp. 38-87
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  1. 4. Coordination in Party Leadership Organizations
  2. pp. 88-113
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  1. 5. External Communication and Party Leadership Organizations
  2. pp. 114-134
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  1. 6. The Process of Persuasion in Party Leadership Organizations
  2. pp. 135-166
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  1. 7. Conclusion
  2. pp. 167-178
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  1. Appendixes
  2. pp. 179-182
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 183-206
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  1. References
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780472121779
Related ISBN
9780472119790
MARC Record
OCLC
945680941
Pages
264
Launched on MUSE
2016-03-31
Language
English
Open Access
No
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