The Speaker of the House


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A Study of Leadership

Matthew N. Green

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Matthew N. Green provides the first comprehensive analysis of how the Speaker of the House has exercised legislative leadership from 1940 to the present. Green finds that the Speaker’s party loyalty is tempered by a host of competing objectives, including reelection, passage of desired public policy laws, handling the interests of the president, and meeting the demands of the House as a whole.

Matthew Green is Assistant Professor of Politics at Catholic University of America.

"An illuminating approach to questions of congressional leadership. The author integrates innovative new analysis of the Speaker's legislative activities and the best secondary literature in a creative fashion. [...] This book should be required reading for scholars of American politics and in courses that emphasize the role of congressional leadership."—C. Lawrence Evans, College of William and Mary

“A rare accomplishment. The author does impressive and novel work.”—David Mayhew, Yale University

“This book represents a major advance in the study of congressional leadership, both in terms of the extensive new evidence Green has collected on what modern House speakers have actually done to influence legislation, and the theory he has developed which takes us beyond viewing congressional leaders as passive agents of legislative majorities.”—Randall Strahan, Emory University

"This book is an outstanding contribution to the literature that is simultaneously theoretically driven and grounded in empirical data, providing, considerable insight into the behavior of House Speakers. . . . Highly readable for researchers to general readers alike. This important book should spark new interest in the empirical study of congressional leaders. . . . Highly recommended."—S. Q. Kelly, Choice

". . . a very fine book. Anyone interested in legislative leadership should read this book."—David T. Canon, Congress & the Presidency

 Finalist for the 2013 D. B. Hardeman Prize, given by the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation.
ISBN: 9780300153187
Publication Date: May 25, 2010
304 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
11 b/w illus.
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