Legislative Learning

The 104th Republican Freshmen in the House

By Timothy J. Barnett

© 1999 – Routledge

250 pages

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pub: 2009-12-21
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About the Book

Barnett shows how political environments can produce legislators who place a premium on their policy-making goals through a nuanced exploration of factors undergirding member perceptions, policy ambitions, class cohesion, and legislative learning.


"Overall, Barnett's Legislative Learning is a well done theoretical volume that attempts to understand the Republican Freshman Class of 1994 through competing interpretations of principle-agent analysis and member goal and ambition theories. -Gregory R. Thorson. American Political Science Review. Vol.96, No.1."

"I found it fascinating to read Dr. Barnett's careful and scholarly analysis of the 104th Congress, which I experienced first hand in all its struggle and passion. The depth of his research is astounding, and his conclusions ring true." -- Tony Blankley, Press Secretary to the Speaker of the House, 104th Congress

"An excellent, engaging and prodigiously researched study of the efforts - sometimes successful, often not - of the 1994 House Republican freshmen, to cope with such ingredients of legislative learning as political principle, career ambition, class cohesion, party organization, and institutional policy making." -- Richard F. Fenno Jr.- Distinguished University Professor, University of Rochester

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Politics and Policy in American Institutions

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