Taking the Initiative: Leadership Agendas in Congress and the "Contract with America"

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Contents
Preface ix
1.
Setting Priorities in Divided Government 1
INSTITUTIONAL POSITION AND POLITICAL INCENTIVES 2, THE POWER AND
PUZZLE OF AGENDAS
8, IDENTIFYING LEADERSHIP PRIORITIES 11,
THE THEORETICAL FRAMEWORK 14, ORGANIZATION 28, NOTES 29
2.
Learning Aggressive Leadership 34
DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP IN THE SENATE 37, DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP IN
THE HOUSE 43, THE PERSONAL TOUCH IN SETTING PRIORITIES 57,
NOTES 58
3.
Strategic Goals 61
HIGHLIGHT PARTY DIFFERENCES 63, DEMONSTRATE BIPARTISAN
AGREEMENT 67, SHOW DEFERENCE TO OTHERS 70, ASSERT
CONGRESSIONAL INDEPENDENCE 76, PROVE COMPETENCE IN SOLVING
PROBLEMS 78, PROVIDE POLICY LEADERSHIP 81, NOTES 84
4.
Evaluating the Issues 87
EVALUATING "POLICY ENTREPRENEURS" 88, SUPPORT IN CONGRESS 99,
PUBLIC OPINION AND SUPPORT 103, SCOPE/DISCRETION 106,
TRIGGERING EVENTS 108, NOTES 112
5.
Six Leader Goals, Six Case Studies 116
LEADER GOAL 1—HIGHLIGHT DIFFERENCES WITH THE OTHER PARTY 116,
LEADER GOAL 2—DEMONSTRATE BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT 120, LEADER
GOAL 3—SHOW DEFERENCE TO OTHERS 123, LEADER GOAL 4—ASSERT
CONGRESSIONAL INDEPENDENCE 125, LEADER GOAL 5—PROVE POLICY
COMPETENCE 128, LEADER GOAL 6—PROVIDE POLICY LEADERSHIP 131,
NOTES 134

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