The New Liberalism: The Rising Power of Citizen Groups

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APPENDIX A
Methodology

MANY OF THE important decisions about the methodology for this study are described in chapter 1. I expand on those decisions and offer additional information in this appendix for those who want to know more of the specifics about the research design, data collection, and coding used in this study. One item raised in chapter 1 but only mentioned in passing was the choice to study domestic social and domestic economic issues while excluding appropriations, oversight hearings, nominations, and foreign and defense policy. Also excluded were hearings before joint committees, special (select) committees, the Rules Committee in the House of Representatives, and the District of Columbia committees.

The reasons for inclusion and exclusion were driven largely by pragmatism rather than theory. The primary research for this study--the case histories of legislation--was labor intensive. At the outset it was anticipated that when the primary research was brought to an end, the number of completed case studies would be in the neighborhood of 200 to 225. Given the limits to analysis with this size "n" it was not desirable to have a highly diverse set of bills or other legislative actions. To maximize the chances that meaningful statistical analysis could be conducted, some limits had to be placed on the diversity of what was studied. The expectation was that foreign and defense policy would be characterized by a considerably different mix of material and postmaterial concerns. I also assumed that citizen groups as a whole are not as active on foreign

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • ABOUT BROOKINGS iv
  • Acknowledgments v
  • Contents ix
  • Chapter One Not Dead 1
  • Chapter Two The Rise Of Citizen Groups 16
  • Chapter Three The Rise Of Postmaterialism 34
  • Chapter Four The Power Of Citizen Groups 61
  • Chapter Five Liberals Ascendant 87
  • Chapter Six Rich in Resources 119
  • Chapter Seven Liberalism Transformed 153
  • Appendix A- Methodology 171
  • Appendix B- List of Cases 184
  • Notes 190
  • Index 209
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