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Crossing the aisle : party switching by U.S. legislators in the postwar era

Author: Antoine Yoshinaka
Publisher: New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2016.
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"Switching parties is arguably the most important decision a politician will ever make. This book is the first-ever systematic study of the causes and consequences of legislative party switching in the United States. The author argues that re-election alone does not explain party switching. He proposes an ambition-based theory that accounts for multiple goals (including higher office aspirations and the desire for  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Antoine Yoshinaka
ISBN: 9781107115897 1107115892 9781107536067 1107536065
OCLC Number: 921141308
Description: xv, 265 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Legislative party switching in the United States: an introduction --
Party switching: a theoretical framework --
Why do members of Congress switch parties? --
Progressive ambition and party switching: testing the model on state legislators --
The electoral consequences of party switching among members of Congress --
The benefits of party switching: intrainstitutional advancement and the committee assignment process --
Behind the scenes: the role of party leaders, rank-and-file members, and former party switchers --
A 'real-time' look into the decision to cross the aisle.
Responsibility: Antoine Yoshinaka.
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