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Barbara Sinclair

In: The U.S. Senate: From Deliberation to Dysfunction

Chapter 5: Senate Parties and Party Leadership, 1960–2010

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Senate Parties and Party Leadership, 1960–2010
Senate parties and party leadership, 1960–2010

Were the senators of the early 1960s to revisit their old haunt, they would find a legislative chamber that was not much different in terms of its rules and much of its internal structure, especially its committee system—and yet, one that functions in an almost unrecognizable way. Of course, the United States itself has changed enormously over the course of these fifty years, and the many societal, economic, and technological changes have in major or minor ways impacted the Senate. Everything from the number of women in the Senate to the ubiquitous Blackberry would likely surprise the Dirksens and the Mansfields, but perhaps most of all they would be taken aback by the altered ...

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