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Author Wawro, Gregory J. (Gregory John)
Title Filibuster : obstruction and lawmaking in the U.S. Senate / Gregory J. Wawro and Eric Schickler.
Imprint Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2006]
2006

Author Wawro, Gregory J. (Gregory John)
Series Princeton studies in American politics : historical, international, and comparative perspectives
Princeton studies in American politics.
Subject United States. Congress. Senate -- Freedom of debate.
United States. Congress. Senate -- Cloture.
Filibusters (Political science) -- United States.
Alt Name Schickler, Eric, 1969-
Add Title Obstruction and lawmaking in the U.S. Senate
Author Wawro, Gregory J. (Gregory John)
Series Princeton studies in American politics : historical, international, and comparative perspectives
Princeton studies in American politics.
Subject United States. Congress. Senate -- Freedom of debate.
United States. Congress. Senate -- Cloture.
Filibusters (Political science) -- United States.
Alt Name Schickler, Eric, 1969-
Add Title Obstruction and lawmaking in the U.S. Senate
Description 1 online resource (326 pages).
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 285-301) and index.
Note Print version record.
Contents Obstruction in theoretical context -- The mutability of senate rules -- Where's the pivot? -- Dilatory motions and the success of obstruction -- Obstruction and the tariff -- Slavery and obstruction in the antebellum senate -- Obstruction and institutional change -- Cloture reform reconsidered -- The impact of cloture on the appropriations process.
Summary Parliamentary obstruction, popularly known as the 'filibuster, ' has been a defining feature of the U.S. Senate throughout its history. In this book, Wawro and Schickler explain how the Senate managed to satisfy its lawmaking role during the 19th and early 20th century, when it lacked seemingly essential formal rules for governing debate. What prevented the Senate from self-destructing during this time? The authors argue that in a system where filibusters played out as wars of attrition, the threat of rule changes prevented the institution from devolving into parliamentary chaos. They show that institutional patterns of behavior induced by inherited rules did not render Senate rules immune from fundamental changes. The authors' theoretical arguments are supported through a combination of extensive quantitative and case-study analysis, which spans a broad swath of history. They consider how changes in the larger institutional and political context--such as the expansion of the country and the move to direct election of senators--led to changes in the Senate regarding debate rules. They further investigate the impact these changes had on the functioning of the Senate. The book concludes with a discussion relating battles over obstruction in the Senate's past to recent conflicts over judicial nominations.--Book jacket flap.
ISBN 9781400849475 (e-book)
1400849470 (e-book)
0691134065
9780691134062
0691125090
9780691125091
9780691134062
OCLC # 868980417
Additional Format Print version: Wawro, Gregory J. Filibuster : obstruction and lawmaking in the U.S. Senate. Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2006] xiii, 308 pages ; 24 cm. Princeton studies in American politics : historical, international, and comparative perspectives 9780691134062 (DLC) 2005934980 (OCoLC)66529010


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