Home » Torn and Frayed: Congressional Norms and Party Switching in an Era of Reform by Judd Choate
Torn and Frayed: Congressional Norms and Party Switching in an Era of Reform Judd Choate

Torn and Frayed: Congressional Norms and Party Switching in an Era of Reform

Judd Choate

Published October 30th 2003
ISBN : 9780275977900
Hardcover
176 pages
Enter the sum

 About the Book 

Members come and go, reforms are attempted and abandoned, but congressional norms of seniority, specialization, and reciprocity adapt, survive, and continue to influence the course of American government. In the first major look at congressionalMoreMembers come and go, reforms are attempted and abandoned, but congressional norms of seniority, specialization, and reciprocity adapt, survive, and continue to influence the course of American government. In the first major look at congressional normative behavior in 25 years, Choate argues these resilient folkways survive because members value the institutional stability and continuity they provide. Working from extensive on-the-record interviews with past and present House members, Choates work is the first to study the unsettling effects on norms brought on by party switching.