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Saturday, July 16, 2011
By Steven L. Taylor

FilibusteringFilibustering by Gregory Koger
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The filibuster in the Senate has become, especially in the last decade or so, a major feature of the institutional structure of US politics. Indeed, I am of the opinion that it is far more significant than most people realize and is a topic in need of discussion and debate.

Koger’s book is an excellent overview of the development of this mechanism as well as an analysis of its significance within the the functioning of the Senate, as well as the Congress writ large. In fact, he deals with filibustering tactics in the House over time as well.

The book functions as both a history and an analysis of contemporary politics. While written for an academic audience, the style of the book is such that it could easily be consumed by a general audience as well.

The book should be of interest to both those focused on American politics but also to comparativists interested in institutional design.

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