A Journal of Applied Research in Contemporary Politics
Ed. by Disalvo, Daniel / Stonecash, Jeffrey
IMPACT FACTOR 2018: 0.500
5-year IMPACT FACTOR: 0.623
CiteScore 2018: 0.83
SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) 2018: 0.595
Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) 2018: 0.631
Some twenty years ago, Richard F. Fenno, Jr. published The Senate Through the Looking Glass a particularly illuminating and trenchant assessment of the state of the Senate. Listening to senators debate whether to allow television cameras into the chamber, Fenno concluded that the Senate was still capable of thoughtful deliberation and consensual decision-making. In this article, I take a Fenno-inspired peek through the looking glass at the contemporary Senate, using a recent parliamentary dispute to probe senators views about their institution. The view is unusually dark. Two decades after Fennos assessment, rising partisanship has made the Senate nearly ungovernableleaving a chamber that struggles to fulfill its most basic constitutional duties.