When David Mayhew publishes a new work on the primary focus of his scholarship – the US Congress – it behooves American politics scholars and political historians of the US to pay close attention to what he has to say. Mayhew is among the foremost living scholars of American national politics and government. His Congress: The Electoral Connection (1974) laid the foundation for subsequent political science scholarship on the federal legislative branch. Mayhew’s publications are invariably succinct, but also highly insightful, and characterized by meticulous research and scholarship. His work has also been informed by a comprehensive knowledge of the academic literature in US history as well as political science. Another valuable characteristic of his scholarship is that Mayhew is unafraid to tackle big questions – the impact of divided government, the validity of the theory of electoral realignment, the impact of parties on Congress – in an era when so much research in American politics has focused on ever-narrower aspects of the electoral and governmental process.In this regard The Imprint of Congress does not disappoint. The book sets the ambitious goal of determining the impact of Congress as an institution on US history – “What has been Congress’s
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Published: Mar 5, 2018
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