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|ISBN:||9781107115897 1107115892 9781107536067 1107536065|
|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.
'By focusing on ambition - both the desire for higher office and the goal of influencing policy deliberations, Crossing the Aisle offers a compelling analysis of party switching in the US Congress