Recently plagued by gridlock, huge deficits, and deep policy differences between the president and congressional majorities, Congress has often been the target of relentless and bitter criticism. In this context, Sinclair asks, how has the House not only performed its legislative functions but also managed to enhance its role in the American political system? In Legislators, Leaders, and Lawmakers, Sinclair traces the emergence of a House majority party leadership that is highly active and deeply involved in multiple aspects of the legislative process, and yet one that leads by means of a participatory and inclusive style.
Barbara Sinclair is Marvin Hoffenberg Professor of American Politics at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is the author of The Transformation of the U.S. Senate and Majority Leadership in the U.S. House, both available from Johns Hopkins.