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The Forum

A Journal of Applied Research in Contemporary Politics

Ed. by Disalvo, Daniel / Stonecash, Jeffrey

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Volume 8, Issue 1


After the "Housequake": Leadership and Partisanship in the Post-2006 House

David E Price
Published Online: 2010-04-27 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2202/1540-8884.1361

The congressional election of 2006 was arguably a "Housequake." But how momentous have the changes been for how the House operates and the policy it produces? An answer to that question requires particular attention to two interrelated institutional factors: leadership and partisanship. A closer look at three episodes involving the Appropriations Committee—the breakdown of the markup process in 2008 and battles over open rules and "motions to recommit" in 2009—reveals the extent to which the struggle for partisan advantage is trumping norms that buttress the institutional role of Appropriations and of the House. Congress needs both partisan and bipartisan capacity, but the latter is in a dangerously weakened state.

Keywords: Congress; partisanship; appropriations

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Published Online: 2010-04-27

Citation Information: The Forum, Volume 8, Issue 1, ISSN (Online) 1540-8884, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2202/1540-8884.1361.

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