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by Gregory Koger

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Title:Filibustering: A Political History of Obstruction in the House and Senate (Chicago Studies in American Politics)
Authors:Gregory Koger
Info:University Of Chicago Press (2010), Paperback, 272 pages
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Filibustering: A Political History of Obstruction in the House and Senate by Gregory Koger

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I liked his analysis, and particularly the afterword/epilogue sections. I also enjoyed hearing some of the stories and tactics employed by filibusters. I didn't enjoy the statistics and numbers part of the book, but I do appreciate that he drew his conclusions from more than just random stories. Regardless a very good book even for those like me who are outside the field. ( )
  aevaughn | Nov 29, 2012 |
Impressively researched.. [but] highly academic.
 
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In the modern Congress, one of the highest hurdles for major bills or nominations is gaining the sixty votes necessary to shut off a filibuster in the Senate.  But this wasn’t always the case. Both citizens and scholars tend to think of the legislative process as a game played by the rules in which votes are the critical commodity—the side that has the most votes wins. In this comprehensive volume, Gregory Koger shows, on the contrary, that filibustering is a game with slippery rules in which legislators who think fast and try hard can triumph over superior numbers.

 

Filibustering explains how and why obstruction has been institutionalized in the U.S. Senate over the last fifty years, and how this transformation affects politics and policymaking. Koger also traces the lively history of filibustering in the U.S. House during the nineteenth century and measures the effects of filibustering—bills killed, compromises struck, and new issues raised by obstruction. Unparalleled in the depth of its theory and its combination of historical and political analysis, Filibustering will be the definitive study of its subject for years to come.

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"This book explains how and why obstruction has been institutionalized in the U.S. Senate over the last fifty years, and how this transformation affects politics and policymaking. Gregory Koger also traces the lively history of filibustering in the U.S. House during the nineteenth century and measures the effects of filibustering- bills killed, compromises struck, and new issues raised by obstruction."--[book cover]… (more)

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