Joseph G. Cannon and Howard W. Smith: An Essay on the Limits of Leadership in the House of Representatives

  title={Joseph G. Cannon and Howard W. Smith: An Essay on the Limits of Leadership in the House of Representatives},
  author={Charles O. Jones},
  journal={The Journal of Politics},
  pages={617 - 646}
T HAT THE HOUSE of Representatives is characterized by bargainng has been well established by many scholars of that institution' and suggests that leaders of that body must be skilled negotiators. Ultimately each representative, even the freshman, has some bargaining power (at minimum-his vote). It is on this basis of bargaining that the "middle-man" thesis of congressional leadership has been developed.2 Rightly or wrongly House leaders must attend to their majorities. Two types of majorities… 
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