James Madison Rules America (häftad)
Format
Häftad (Paperback / softback)
Språk
Engelska
Antal sidor
350
Utgivningsdatum
2011-06-16
Förlag
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Medarbetare
Connelly, William F. Jr.
Illustrationer
Black & white illustrations
Dimensioner
228 x 153 x 26 mm
Vikt
499 g
Antal komponenter
1
Komponenter
23:B&W 6 x 9 in or 229 x 152 mm Perfect Bound on White w/Gloss Lam
ISBN
9780742599666
James Madison Rules America (häftad)

James Madison Rules America

The Constitutional Origins of Congressional Partisanship

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James Madison Rules America examines congressional party legislative and electoral strategy in the context of our constitutional separation of powers. In a departure from recent books that have described Congress as 'the broken branch' or the 'Second Civil War,' William Connelly argues that partisanship, polarization and the permanent campaign are an inevitable part of congressional politics. The strategic conundrum confronting both parties in the House of Representatives whether to be part of the government or part of the opposition provides evidence of how concretely James Madison's Constitution governs the behavior of politicians to this day. Drawing on a two-hundred year debate within American political thought among the Federalists, Anti-Federalists, Alexis de Tocqueville and Woodrow Wilson, James Madison Rules America is as topical as current debates over partisan polarization and the permanent campaign, while being grounded in two enduring and important schools of thought within political science: pluralism and party government.
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Bill Connelly connects the dots on our seemingly scattershot political panorama and reveals a pattern of recurring conflict and gridlock traceable to the scheme's designer, James Madison. Connelly affirms Madison's wisdom and in so doing gives us a better appreciation for it. -- Donald R. Wolfensberger, Director of The Congress Project, The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Congress In this outstanding book, William F. Connelly, Jr. reminds us that the Constitution continues to shape national politics. Drawing on his deep knowledge of the theory and practice of American government, he cogently explains that compromise and conflict are both part of our country's genetic code. James Madison Rules America is a timely treatment of a timeless topic. Full of unexpected insights and subtle wisdom, it asks us to look beyond Internet headlines and intellectual fads to the things that really matter: the structures that the Founders put in place more than two centuries ago. This book is a remarkable intellectual achievement, handling profound issues with clarity and erudition. It would be a valuable addition to courses on Congress andAmerican national politics.. -- John J. Pitney Jr., Roy P. Crocker Professor of American Politics, Claremont McKenna College Mandatory reading for all involved or interested in politics today so they will understand the foundations of our system. -- Jerry Climer, The Congressional Institute, Inc. No author has done more than William Connelly to show how the Constitution guides, structures, and influences the hard realities of Congressional politics. Past and present, theory and practice, and law and politics are joined in this fine volume to reveal the strategies and dilemmas that have confronted congressional party leaders from James Madison and Henry Clay to Newt Gingrich and Nancy Pelosi. -- James W. Ceaser, University of Virginia In this lively and provocative interpretation of James Madison's political thought, Bill Connelly brings a fresh understanding to U.S. Congress today. Congress, he argues, is not broken. Despite its real and apparent imperfections, Madisonian pluralism shapes congressional politics and always has. James Madison Rules America lowers the fever-pitch criticism of Congress and applies a skeptical intelligence to popular ideas for reform. Connelly shows that much of the current hand-wringing about Congress may stem from too little appreciation of Madison's constitutional handiwork and of politics in general. -- Catherine E. Rudder, George Mason University In James Madison Rules America, William F. Connelly explains the interplay of political and constitutional forces that shape politics and public policy making in the United States. Connelly finds that the underlying constitutional structure frames the possibilities our political process may contemplate. Viewed through the lens of constitutional theory, the American political system manages to channel partisan forces into public policy outcomes. Every American should read this book. -- Ronald Peters, Regents' Professor Carl Albert Center and Department of Political Science In this outstanding book, William F. Connelly, Jr. reminds us that the Constitution continues to shape national politics. Drawing on his deep knowledge of the theory and practice of American government, he cogently explains that compromise and conflict are both part of our country's genetic code. James Madison Rules America is a timely treatment of a timeless topic. Full of unexpected insights and subtle wisdom, it asks us to look beyond Internet headlines and intellectual fads to the things that really matter: the structures that the Founders put in place more than two centuries ago. This book is a remarkable intellectual achievement, handling profound issues with clarity and erudition. It would be a valuable addition to courses on Congress and American national politics. -- John J. Pitney Jr., Roy P. Crocker Professor of American Politics, Claremont McKenn

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William F. Connelly, Jr is a John K. Boardman Politics Professor at Washington and Lee University.

Innehållsförteckning

Chapter 1 Dedication Chapter 2 Acknowledgments Chapter 3 Chapter 1: Congressional Party Strategy Chapter 4 Chapter 2: House Democrats: The Wilderness Years Chapter 5 Chapter 3: House Republicans: Newt the Anti-Federalist? Chapter 6 Chapter 4: Woodrow Wilson's Congressional Government Chapter 7 Chapter 5: Alexis de Tocqueville's Congress Chapter 8 Chapter 6: The Federalist Revisited Chapter 9 Chapter 7: Practical Consequences of Constitutional Principle: The 1790s Chapter 10 Chapter 8: Practical Consequences of Constitutional Principle: The 1980s and 1990s Chapter 11 Chapter 9: The Constitution Governs: Partisanship and Bipartisanship Chapter 12 Bibliography Chapter 13 Index Chapter 14 About the Author