Politics or Principle: Filibustering in the United States Senate
Publisher: Brookings Institution Press | ISBN: 081570951X | edition 1996 | CHM | 264 pages | 1,24 mb
The Senate filibuster is once again under considerable scrutiny, made a pressing political controversy by such communications innovations as C-SPAN and the internet which have allowed the public to become even more aware of this traditional tactic of American political debate. Politics Or Principle? examines the evolution of the rules governing Senate debate, analyze the consequences of these rules, and evaluates various reform proposals. Politics Or Principle? argues that in an era of unprecedented filibustering and related obstructionism, old habits are indeed undermining the Senate's ability to meet its responsibilities. Authors Binder and Smith scrutinize conventional wisdom about the filibuster – and show that very little of it is true.