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Congress in reverse : repeals from Reconstruction to the present

Author: Jordan M Ragusa; Nathaniel Birkhead
Publisher: Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2020. ©2020
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In this book, the authors examine when and why Congress repeals existing laws. While many scholars seek to explain Congressional activity by focusing on the institution's ability to enact new legislation, Birkhead and Ragusa explore Congress's ability to 'undo' existing statutes. The authors demonstrate that the dynamics of law creation and law repealing are not mirror opposites, and develop a new theory for  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jordan M Ragusa; Nathaniel Birkhead
ISBN: 9780226717333 022671733X 9780226717470 022671747X
OCLC Number: 1128887348
Description: v, 220 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: When and why repeals occur --
Significant repeals, killer Congresses, and doomed statutes --
Problem-solving efforts --
Partisan motivations --
Preferences of lawmakers --
Conclusions and discussion.
Responsibility: Jordan M. Ragusa and Nathaniel A. Birkhead.

Abstract:

"In this book, the authors examine when and why Congress repeals existing laws. While many scholars seek to explain Congressional activity by focusing on the institution's ability to enact new legislation, Birkhead and Ragusa explore Congress's ability to 'undo' existing statutes. The authors demonstrate that the dynamics of law creation and law repealing are not mirror opposites, and develop a new theory for understanding Congressional behavior that focuses on the majority party's ideological cohesiveness as well as its recent experience out of power. The authors argue that repeals are most common when the parties are ideologically cohesive and the majority party wins control of Congress after a long stint in the minority. In simple terms, repeals tend to occur when the majority party is not hampered by ideological divisions and came into power believing that they have a mandate for action"--

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"Birkhead and Ragusa have completed an impressive and first of its kind study of congressional efforts to repeal major statutes--such as the highly-publicized attempt to repeal and replace the Read more...

 
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