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The Substance of Representation: Congress, American Political Development, and Lawmaking

John S. Lapinski


Lawmaking is crucial to American democracy because it completely defines and regulates the public life of the nation. Yet despite its importance, political scientists spend very little time studying the direct impact that the politics surrounding a particular issue has on lawmaking. This book draws on a vast range of historical and empirical data to better understand how lawmaking works across different policy areas. Specifically, the book introduces a theoretically grounded method for parsing policy issues into categories, and shows how policymaking varies in predictable ways based on the spe ... More

Keywords: American democracy, American lawmaking, policymaking process, elite political polarization, U.S. Congress, Congressional behaviour

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780691137810
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691137810.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John S. Lapinski, author
University of Pennsylvania