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Legislative Hardball: The House Freedom Caucus and the Power of Threat-Making in Congress

Matthew Green



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Cambridge University Press
14 February 2019
Political science & theory; Constitution: government & the state; Central government policies; Regional government policies; Local government law
Assertive bargaining occurs from time to time in the US Congress. It became an important feature of legislative negotiations within the House Republican Party when, following the 2014 elections, a group of organized conservatives called the House Freedom Caucus regularly issued threats against its own party's leadership. Such behavior by an ideologically extreme bloc of lawmakers is not accounted for by existing theories of legislative politics. This Element posits explanations for why such threat-making might occur and what might increase its likelihood of success, then tests those explanations using the Freedom Caucus as a case study.
By:   Matthew Green
Imprint:   Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 230mm,  Width: 150mm,  Spine: 5mm
Weight:   560g
ISBN:   9781108735810
ISBN 10:   1108735819
Series:   Elements in American Politics
Pages:   75
Publication Date:   14 February 2019
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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