The Invention of the United States Senate

The Invention of the United States Senate

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The invention of the United States Senate was the most complicated and confounding achievement of the Constitutional Convention. Although much has been written on various aspects of Senate history, this is the first book to examine and link the three central components of the Senate's creation: the theoretical models and institutional precedents leading up to the Constitutional Convention; the work of the Constitutional Convention on both the composition and powers of the Senate; and the initial institutionalization of the Senate from ratification through the early years of Congress. The authors show how theoretical principles of a properly constructed Senate interacted with political interests and power politics in the multidimensional struggle to construct the Senate, before, during, and after the convention.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 248 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 13mm | 386g
  • Baltimore, MD, United States
  • English
  • New
  • No
  • 0801874394
  • 9780801874390
  • 2,749,643

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This exemplary new book by Daniel and Stephen Wirls brings theory and history together in a lucid and timely analysis of this pivotal institution's formation and early development in a way suitable for advanced undergraduates and graduate students. -- Robert J. Sptizer Jr. Perspectives on Political Science 2004 Two learned political scientists explore the foundations and early development of the US Senate. Choice 2004 A masterful treatment of the origins and early evolution of the U.S. Senate... Extremely well-written and informed... Raises the bar substantially for future studies of congressional development. -- Sarah A. Binder Political Science Quarterly 2005 Highly scholarly but also highly engaging work. -- Fred R. Harris Perspectives on Politics 2005 No previous work offers an account that ties the theoretical and practical origins of the Senate with its early institutional development. Wirls and Wirls prove to be able guides and their journey worthy of our efforts. -- Charles A. Kromkowski American Historical Review 2006
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About Daniel Wirls

Daniel Wirls is a professor of politics at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is the author of Buildup: The Politics of Defense in the Reagan Era. Stephen Wirls is an associate professor of political science at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee.
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