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Is the House of Representatives Deinstitutionalizing?

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Jeffery A. Jenkins’ and Charles Stewart III’s recently presented an important paper, “The Deinstitutionalization (?) of the House of Representatives.” It re-evaluates Nelson Polsby’s classic analysis that concluded the U.S. House of Representatives was becoming more “institutionalized.” Jenkins (University of Virginia) and Stewart (MIT) argue that some of the trends that Polsby observed have since reversed themselves, suggesting a possible deinstitutionalization of the House. It is a timely study, what with the recent concern expressed by Jonathan Rauch and others over legislative dysfunction….(Read more at LegBranch.com)

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