The Whips: Building Party Coalitions in Congress (Legislative Politics And Policy Making) (Paperback)

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The party whips are essential components of the U.S. legislative system, responsible for marshalling party votes and keeping House and Senate party members in line. In The Whips, C. Lawrence Evans offers a comprehensive exploration of coalition building and legislative strategy in the U.S. House and Senate, ranging from the relatively bipartisan, committee-dominated chambers of the 1950s to the highly polarized congresses of the 2000s. In addition to roll call votes and personal interviews with lawmakers and staff, Evans examines the personal papers of dozens of former leaders of the House and Senate, especially former whips. These records allowed Evans to create a database of nearly 1,500 internal leadership polls on hundreds of significant bills across five decades of recent congressional history.

The result is a rich and sweeping understanding of congressional party leaders at work. Since the whips provide valuable political intelligence, they are essential to understanding how coalitions are forged and deals are made on Capitol Hill.

About the Author

C. Lawrence Evans is the Newton Family Professor of Government at the College of William and Mary and author of Leadership in Committee:  A Comparative Analysis of Leadership Behavior in the U.S. Senate.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780472037308
ISBN-10: 0472037307
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication Date: August 3rd, 2018
Pages: 384
Language: English
Series: Legislative Politics And Policy Making