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The congressional endgame : interchamber bargaining and compromise

Author: Josh M Ryan
Publisher: Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Congress is a bicameral legislature in which both the House and Senate must pass a bill before it can be enacted into law. The US bicameral system also differs from most democracies in that the two chambers have relatively equal power to legislate and must find ways to resolve their disputes. In the current landscape of party polarization, this contentious process has become far more chaotic, leading to the public  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Resolutions (Laws)
Additional Physical Format: ebook version :
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Josh M Ryan
ISBN: 9780226582238 022658223X 9780226582061 022658206X
OCLC Number: 1028612341
Description: viii, 211 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Does bicameralism work in the modern Congress? --
Postpassage resolution in historical and contemporary context: process, procedures and controversies --
A bargaining theory of postpassage resolution --
Bargaining frequency and the use of conference committees or amendment trading --
Conferee discretion and bill failure in conference committees --
Conference committees and policy change after passage --
Bill failure and policy change as a result of amendment trading --
Conclusion: postpassage resolution and legislative outcomes.
Responsibility: Josh M. Ryan.

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"Congress is a bicameral legislature in which both the House and Senate must pass a bill before it can be enacted into law. The US bicameral system also differs from most democracies in that the two chambers have relatively equal power to legislate and must find ways to resolve their disputes. In the current landscape of party polarization, this contentious process has become far more chaotic, leading to the public perception that the House and Senate are unwilling or unable to compromise and calling into question the effectiveness of the bicameral system itself. [This book shows] how the bicameral legislative process works in Congress and shows that the types of policy outcomes it produces are in line with those intended by the framers of the Constitution. Although each bargaining outcome may seem idiosyncratic, the product of strong leadership and personality politics, interchamber bargaining outcomes in Congress are actually structured by observable institutional factors. [The author] finds that the characteristics of the winning coalition are critically important to which chamber 'wins' after bargaining, with both conference committees and an alternative resolution venue, amendment trading, creating policy that approximates the preferences of the more moderate chamber. Although slow and incremental, interchamber negotiations serve their intended purpose well, [this book] shows; they increase the odds of compromise while at the same time offering a powerful constraint on dramatic policy changes."--

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