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Fighting for the Speakership: The House and the Rise of Party Government

Jeffery A. Jenkins and Charles Stewart


The Speaker of the House of Representatives is the most powerful partisan figure in the contemporary U.S. Congress. How this came to be, and how the majority party in the House has made control of the speakership a routine matter, is far from straightforward. This book provides a comprehensive history of how speakers have been elected in the U.S. House since 1789, arguing that the organizational politics of these elections were critical to the construction of mass political parties in America and laid the groundwork for the role they play in setting the agenda of Congress today. The book shows ... More

Keywords: speakership elections, House of Representatives, Speaker, political parties, organizational politics, U.S. Congress, American political history, organizational cartel, speakership

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780691118123
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691118123.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeffery A. Jenkins, author
University of Virginia

Charles Stewart, author