Theorizing about Congress

David R. Mayhew

in The Oxford Handbook of the American Congress

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199559947
Published online May 2011 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of American Politics

 Theorizing about Congress

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This article discusses congressional scholarship within the context of some literature and analytical schools that have focused on the study of Congress. In this article, various rubrics, each of which featured in the Wilsonian sense, are analyzed. The rubrics discussed herein are: spatial dissonance; norms and rules systems under the framework of sociology, goals-oriented or purposive politicians, and formal theorists.

Keywords: congressional scholarship; analytical schools; Congress; spatial dissonance; norms and rules; goals-oriented; purposive politicians; formal theorists

Article.  9653 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; US Politics ; Political Economy

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