Turf Wars How Congressional Committees Claim Jurisdiction

ISBN-10: 0226436241
ISBN-13: 9780226436241
Authors: David C. King
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For most bills in American legislatures, the issue of turf—or which committee has jurisdiction over a bill—can make all the difference. Turf governs the flow and fate of all legislation. In this innovative study, David C. King explains how jurisdictional areas for committees are created and changed in Congress. Political scientists have long maintained that jurisdictions are relatively static, changing only at times of dramatic reforms. Not so, says King. Combining quantitative evidence with interviews and case studies, he shows how on-going turf wars make jurisdictions fluid. According to King, jurisdictional change stems both from legislators seeking electoral advantage and from…    

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David C. King is Associate Professor of Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.


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Binding: Paperback Publisher: University of Chicago Press Number of pages: 222 Dimensions: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.80" tall Weight: 0.748 lbs. Language: English