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Reid's Rules: Filibusters, the Nuclear Option, and Path Dependence in the US Senate.

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  • Wawro, Gregory J.1 gjw10@columbia.edu
    Schickler, Eric2 eschickler@berkeley.edu
  • Legislative Studies Quarterly. Nov2018, Vol. 43 Issue 4, p619-647. 29p.
  • The recent moves by senators to impose majority cloture for nominations provides a unique opportunity for advancing our understanding of the evolution of the Senate into a supermajoritarian institution. We integrate discussion of alternative theoretical perspectives on Senate development and path dependence to shed new light on mechanisms of stability and change, concluding that the perspective that Senate majorities have generally maintained supermajority procedures because they preferred them to the alternative of majority rule has more explanatory power than does the perspective that Senate majorities were "locked in" to these procedures by previous institutional choices. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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