Abortion Politics in Congress: Strategic Incrementalism and by Scott H. Ainsworth

By Scott H. Ainsworth

This ebook examines how legislators have juggled their passions over abortion with common congressional approaches, how either exterior components (such as public opinion) and inner components (such because the ideological composition of committees and celebration structures) form the improvement of abortion coverage. pushed by means of either theoretical and empirical issues, Scott H. Ainsworth and Thad E. corridor current an easy, formal version of strategic incrementalism, illustrating that legislators usually have incentives to change coverage incrementally. They then study the sponsorship of abortion-related proposals in addition to their committee referral and locate wide variety of Democratic and Republican legislators time and again provide abortion-related proposals designed to change abortion coverage incrementally. Abortion Politics in Congress unearths that abortion debates have permeated quite a lot of concerns and wide selection of legislators and quite a few committees tackle abortion.

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House is dominated by incremental changes in policy is founded upon our understanding of legislative politics and the larger policy-making environment. Therefore, we first want to elaborate a strategic rationale for incrementalism in legislatures and to evaluate the nonincremental alternative as well. Members may have a variety of reasons for proposing changes to alter abortion policy. On the one hand, they may merely want to make a symbolic statement to their constituents that they oppose abortion; we discuss the symbolic nature of abortion politics in greater detail in Chapter 4.

S. Congress, the use of nontraditional strategies may create a temporary strain or initiate a fundamental shift in long-held procedures and norms. S. Congress in the 1980s, argued that “passion and procedure are often at odds; whichever prevails, the other is bound to suffer” (Davidson 1983, 46). In this book, we evaluate how members of Congress juggled passions related to abortion and the technical nuances of congressional procedures over the last few decades. S. Congress. Social scientists interested in the abortion question have focused extensively on understanding public attitudes toward abortion.

Tatalovich and Schier 1993), trying to determine the characteristics of congressional coalitions on either side of the issue. S. Congress. Indeed, there is a presumption that legislators themselves have rarely addressed the issue. For instance, political scientist Karen O’Connor argues that elected officials’ inability “to moderate – if not resolve [the abortion debate] – leads conservatives to argue that the political system has failed … and liberals to argue that abortion is an individual decision properly made apart from government” (O’Connor 1996, 115–116).

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