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Agenda Setting in the U.S. Senate: Costly Consideration and Majority Party Advantage Chris Den Hartog

Agenda Setting in the U.S. Senate: Costly Consideration and Majority Party Advantage

Chris Den Hartog

Published May 16th 2011
ISBN : 9781107006461
Hardcover
235 pages
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This book proposes a new theory of Senate agenda setting that reconciles a divide in literature between the conventional wisdom in which party power is thought to be mostly, if not completely, undermined by Senate procedures and norms and theMoreThis book proposes a new theory of Senate agenda setting that reconciles a divide in literature between the conventional wisdom in which party power is thought to be mostly, if not completely, undermined by Senate procedures and norms and the apparent partisan bias in Senate decisions noted in recent empirical studies. Chris Den Hartog and Nathan W. Monroes theory revolves around a costly consideration framework for thinking about agenda setting, where moving proposals forward through the legislative process is seen as requiring scarce resources. To establish that the majority party pays lower agenda consideration costs through various procedural advantages, the book features a number of chapters examining partisan influence at several stages of the legislative process, including committee reports, filibusters and cloture, floor scheduling, and floor amendments. Not only do the results strongly support the books theoretical assumption and key hypotheses, but they shed new light on virtually every major step in the Senates legislative process.