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Author Wawro, Gregory J. (Gregory John),
Title Legislative entrepreneurship in the U.S. House of Representatives / Gregory Wawro.
Imprint Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, 2001.

Series Michigan studies in political analysis
Michigan studies in political analysis.
Subject United States. Congress. House.
Legislators -- United States.
Bills, Legislative -- United States.
Legislation -- United States.
Entrepreneurship -- United States.
Add Title Legislative entrepreneurship in the United States House of Representatives
Series Michigan studies in political analysis
Michigan studies in political analysis.
Subject United States. Congress. House.
Legislators -- United States.
Bills, Legislative -- United States.
Legislation -- United States.
Entrepreneurship -- United States.
Add Title Legislative entrepreneurship in the United States House of Representatives
Description 1 online resource (xiv, 193 pages) : illustrations.
Note digitized 2010 HathiTrust Digital Library committed to preserve pda
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 171-186) and index.
Access Use copy Restrictions unspecified star
Reproduction Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010.
System Details Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002. http://purl.oclc.org/DLF/benchrepro0212
Summary When members are elected to the House of Representatives they have a certain freedom to decide how they will act as members and how they will build their reputations. Just as in the market place entrepreneurs build businesses, so in the House of Representatives members have the freedom to choose to build legislative programs that will enhance their reputations in the institution. And yet entrepreneurship is also costly to members. Gregory Wawro explains why members of the House engage in legislative entrepreneurship by examining what motivates them to acquire policy knowledge, draft legislation, build coalitions, and push their legislation in the House. He considers what incentives members have to perform what many have perceived to be the difficult and unrewarding tasks of legislating. This book shows how becoming a legislative entrepreneur relates to members' goals of reelection, enacting good public policy, and obtaining influence in the House. The analysis differs from previous studies of this behavior, which for the most part have employed case study methods and have relied on anecdotal evidence to support their arguments. Wawro analyzes legislative entrepreneurship in a general and systematic fashion, developing hypotheses from rational-choice-based theories and testing these hypotheses using quantitative methods. Wawro argues that members engage in legislative entrepreneurship in order to get ahead within the House. He finds that the more legislative entrepreneurship that members engage in, the more likely it is that they will advance to prestigious positions. This book is of interest to students of Congress, legislative behavior and institutions, elections, and campaign finance. Gregory Wawro is Assistant Professor of Political Science, Columbia University.
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ISBN 9780472022489 (electronic bk.)
0472022482 (electronic bk.)
0472088149
9780472088140
9780472111534 (cloth)
0472111531 (cloth ; alk. paper)
OCLC # 681757096
Additional Format Print version: Wawro, Gregory J. (Gregory John). Legislative entrepreneurship in the U.S. House of Representatives. Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, 2001, ©2000 0472088149 (OCoLC)48838583