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The Gingrich Senators: The Roots of Partisan Warfare in Congress

Sean M. Theriault


The Senate of the mid-twentieth century, which was venerated by journalists, historians, and senators alike, is today a distant memory. Electioneering on the Senate floor, playing games with the legislative process, and questioning your fellow senators’ motives have become commonplace. In this book, I document the Senate’s demise over the last 30 years by showing how one group of senators has been at the forefront of this transformation. I call this group the “Gingrich Senators” and define them as Republican senators who previously served in the House and began that service after 1978, the yea ... More

Keywords: Senate, Congress, Party Polarization, Political Parties, Republican Party, Partisan Warfare, Party Warriors

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199307456
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199307456.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sean M. Theriault, author
University of Texas