Price. House Democrats Under Republican Rule. Angie. Nov2

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House Democrats Under Republican Rule Reflections on the Limits of Partisanship By: David E. Price Growth of partisanship Escalation of partisan tactics under Republican rule Party strengthening operations began in 1970s Elections of 1958, 1964, 1974 brought liberal activist Democrats into the House New type of democrats, closer to party's mainstream Shifts in ideology and policy Party's thrust was decentralization Dispersal of authority, resources and visibility 1965-1978 rise of "subcommittee government" Reformers targets were senior committee chairmen Many were conservative southerners In order to be able to change rules, revitalizing the house democratic caucus was necessary Early reforms Removed committee assignments function form Ways and Means Democrats, gave it to leadership dominated Steering and Policy Committee Gave speaker the power to nominate the chair and democratic members of the Rules Committee It was seen as Strengthening of party organs , giving Democrats effective control and made it possible to enact legislative programs Others saw it as a mean to break up oligarchic power of committee barons Democrats It essentially increased young member involvement and enhanced leadership it also created new problems for institution that only strengthened parties could solve Support for the leadership efforts helped overcome fragmentation Leadership began with a lot of member support Pass more bills under "suspension of the rules" procedures Forbade amendments Employed special rules restricting amending activity Budget process on 1974 strengthened leadership Through the 80's
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This note was uploaded on 02/21/2012 for the course GOV 1540 taught by Professor Rogerporter during the Fall '10 term at Harvard.

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