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By Frances E. Lee

The congressional schedule, Frances Lee contends, comprises many matters approximately which liberals and conservatives more often than not agree. Even over those issues, although, Democratic and Republican senators are inclined to struggle with one another. What explains this discord? Beyond Ideology argues that many partisan battles are rooted in festival for energy instead of confrontation over the rightful function of presidency.


The first e-book to systematically distinguish Senate disputes centering on ideological questions from the big share of them that don't, this quantity foregrounds the function of energy fight in partisan clash. Presidential management, for instance, inherently polarizes legislators who can effect public opinion of the president and his occasion via how they deal with his time table. Senators additionally make the most reliable govt measures and ground debate to embarrass rivals and burnish their very own party’s image—even while the problems concerned are commonly supported or low-stakes. furthermore, Lee contends, the congressional time table itself amplifies clash through more and more concentrating on concerns that reliably differentiate the events. With the hot president pledging to stem the tide of partisan polarization, Beyond Ideology presents a well timed taxonomy of precisely what stands in his way.

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