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Choosing the Leader: Leadership Elections in the U.S. House of Representatives

Matthew N Green and Douglas Harris


How are congressional party leaders chosen? In the first comprehensive study since Robert Peabody's classic Leadership in Congress, this book draws on newly collected data about U.S. House members who have sought leadership positions from the 1960s to the present—data including whip tallies, public and private vote commitments, interviews, and media accounts—to provide new insights into how the selection process truly works. Elections for congressional party leaders are conventionally seen as a function of either legislators' ideological preferences or factors too idiosyncratic to permit syste ... More

Keywords: congressional party, congressional leaders, leadership, selection process, vote choice, House leadership elections, leadership candidates, American politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780300222579
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300222579.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew N Green, author
Catholic University of America

Douglas Harris, author
Loyola University Maryland