Rethinking the Role of the Speaker: Power, Institutional Development, and the Myth of the “Impartial Moderator” in the Early US House of Representatives

@article{Peart2021RethinkingTR,
  title={Rethinking the Role of the Speaker: Power, Institutional Development, and the Myth of the “Impartial Moderator” in the Early US House of Representatives},
  author={Daniel C Peart},
  journal={Journal of Policy History},
  year={2021},
  volume={33},
  pages={1 - 31}
}
  • Daniel C Peart
  • Published 1 January 2021
  • History
  • Journal of Policy History
Abstract The early Speakers of the US House of Representatives, most historians and political scientists have agreed, aspired only to facilitate legislative business; the office served as an “impartial moderator,” its functions were “largely ceremonial,” and its occupants of no more consequence than a mere “traffic cop.” This article challenges that conclusion by presenting episodes from the tenures of four early Speakers—Jonathan Dayton, Theodore Sedgwick, Nathaniel Macon, and Joseph B. Varnum… 

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It is necessary to inquire as to the exact relations of the house of representatives to the form of government, and to sweep away some of the plausible but very superficial theories of those who conceive it a disadvantage that its speakership should differ from the speakership of theHouse of commons.
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