The Transition to Republican Rule in the House: Implications for Theories of Congressional Politics

  title={The Transition to Republican Rule in the House: Implications for Theories of Congressional Politics},
  author={John H. Aldrich and David W. Rohde},
  journal={Political Science Quarterly},
The 1994 congressional elections were dramatic. The Republicans won control of the U.S. House, ending the longest continuous reign by a single party in the nation's history and including the defeat of a sitting Speaker for the first time this century. These results caught nearly everyone by surprise. Hardly a pollster, pundit, scholar, or even Republican party leader anticipated such GOP victories in the House. As dramatic as the election returns proved to be, Republican activities within the… 

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