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Beyond Ideology: Politics, Principles, and Partisanship in the U. S. Senate

Frances E. Lee


This book argues that the congressional agenda includes many issues about which liberals and conservatives generally agree. Even over these matters, though, senators from the Democratic Party and Republican Party tend to fight with each other. What explains this discord? This book contends that many partisan battles are rooted in competition for power rather than disagreement over the rightful role of government. This is the first book to systematically distinguish Senate disputes centering on ideological questions from the large proportion of them that do not, and it foregrounds the role of p ... More

Keywords: Senate, partisanship, senators, power struggle, presidential leadership, congressional agenda, partisan polarization, Democratic Party, Republican Party, ideology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780226470740
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226470771.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Frances E. Lee, author