The Contentious Senate
Partisanship, Ideology, and the Myth of Cool Judgment
The Senate is becoming more like the House of Representatives in its increasing levels of partisanship and ideology. A transformation of the institution is underfoot, posing questions about the Senate's role as the chamber in which cool judgment prevails. Leading scholars, including U.S. Senate historians, discuss and analyze changes in Senate life including rules and procedures, leadership and party organization, executive and Senate relations, debate and deliberation, and perhaps above all, media spotlight. With all these changes comes a re-examination of Senate efficacy, legitimacy, and appropriateness as an aristocratic chamber in an increasingly democratic system of government.
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The Contentious Senate contains some of the best insights into how the current Senate works in the context of mounting partisanship and increased party discipline. The well-known congressional scholars who have contributed to this volume are some of the best in the business and their chapters show it. I recommend this book for those who want to understand the workings of the Senate in the era of divided party government, the permanent campaign, and extreme partisanship.--James A. Thurber, American University