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By Frances E. Lee

The congressional schedule, Frances Lee contends, comprises many concerns approximately which liberals and conservatives as a rule agree. Even over those concerns, notwithstanding, 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 pageant for strength instead of war of words over the rightful function of presidency.


The first booklet to systematically distinguish Senate disputes centering on ideological questions from the big percentage of them that don't, this quantity foregrounds the function of strength fight in partisan clash. Presidential management, for instance, inherently polarizes legislators who can effect public opinion of the president and his celebration via how they deal with his schedule. Senators additionally make the most sturdy govt measures and flooring debate to embarrass competitors and burnish their very own party’s image—even whilst the problems concerned are widely supported or low-stakes. additionally, Lee contends, the congressional schedule itself amplifies clash via more and more targeting 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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