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Turning the Legislative Thumbscrew: Minority Rights and Procedural Change in Legislative Politics (Hardback)

Douglas Dion

Edité par The University of Michigan Press, United States, 1997
ISBN 10: 0472108204 / ISBN 13: 9780472108206
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Titre : Turning the Legislative Thumbscrew: Minority...

Éditeur : The University of Michigan Press, United States

Date d'édition : 1997

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre : New

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Language: English . Brand New Book. The use of filibusters in the U.S. Senate by small numbers of members to prevent legislative action apparently desired by a majority of the members - as evidenced by the battles over civil rights legislation in the 1950s and 1960s - is legendary. Similar situations have existed in other legislative bodies over time. The fear that they will at some time be in the minority has inhibited actions by the majority groups to control the right of minority groups to block legislative action. And yet from time to time the majority in a legislative body has forced a change in the rules to control the rights of the minority. When does the majority seek to limit minority rights to obstruct legislation? Douglas Dion, in a unique study, develops a formal model to set out the conditions under which majorities will limit minority rights. He finds that when majorities are small, they will be more cohesive. This majority cohesion leads to minority obstruction that in turn leads to majority efforts to force procedural change to control the ability of the minority to obstruct legislation. Dion then tests his findings in a rich consideration of historical cases from the nineteenth century U.S. House of Representatives, the nineteenth and twentieth century U.S. Senate, the British House of Commons, and an account of the Austro-Hungarian Parliament from Mark Twain. N° de réf. du libraire AAN9780472108206

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Synopsis : The use of filibusters in the U.S. Senate by small numbers of members to prevent legislative action apparently desired by a majority of the members - as evidenced by the battles over civil rights legislation in the 1950s and 1960s - is legendary. Similar situations have existed in other legislative bodies over time. The fear that they will at some time be in the minority has inhibited actions by the majority groups to control the right of minority groups to block legislative action. And yet from time to time the majority in a legislative body has forced a change in the rules to control the rights of the minority. When does the majority seek to limit minority rights to obstruct legislation? Douglas Dion, in a unique study, develops a formal model to set out the conditions under which majorities will limit minority rights. He finds that when majorities are small, they will be more cohesive. This majority cohesion leads to minority obstruction that in turn leads to majority efforts to force procedural change to control the ability of the minority to obstruct legislation. Dion then tests his findings in a rich consideration of historical cases from the nineteenth century U.S. House of Representatives, the nineteenth and twentieth century U.S. Senate, the British House of Commons, and an account of the Austro-Hungarian Parliament from Mark Twain.

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