Legislative leviathan: Party government in the house, second edition



© Gary W. Cox and Mathew D. McCubbins 1993, 2007. The second edition of Legislative Leviathan provides an incisive new look at the inner workings of the House of Representatives in the post-World War II era. Re-evaluating the role of parties and committees, Gary W. Cox and Mathew D. McCubbins view parties in the House - especially majority parties - as a species of ‘legislative cartel’. These cartels seize the power, theoretically resident in the House, to make rules governing the structure and process of legislation. Most of the cartel's efforts are focused on securing control of the legislative agenda for its members. The first edition of this book had significant influence on the study of American politics and is essential reading for students of Congress, the presidency, and the political party system.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Cox, GW; McCubbins, MD

Published Date

  • January 1, 2007

Start / End Page

  • 1 - 309

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9780521872331

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1017/CBO9780511810060

Citation Source

  • Scopus