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Rule Breaking and Political Imagination

Kenneth A. Shepsle

Rule Breaking and Political Imagination

Kenneth A. Shepsle

176 pages | 1 line drawing | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2017
Paper $22.50 ISBN: 9780226473215 Published September 2017
Cloth $67.50 ISBN: 9780226473185 Published September 2017
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“Imagination may be thought of as a ‘work-around.’ It is a resourceful tactic to ‘undo’ a rule by creating a path around it without necessarily defying it. . . . Transgression, on the other hand, is rule breaking. There is no pretense of reinterpretation; it is defiance pure and simple. Whether imagination or disobedience is the source, constraints need not constrain, ties need not bind.”
           
So writes Kenneth A. Shepsle in his introduction to Rule Breaking and Political Imagination. Institutions are thought to channel the choices of individual actors. But what about when they do not? Throughout history, leaders and politicians have used imagination and transgression to break with constraints upon their agency. Shepsle ranges from ancient Rome to the United States Senate, and from Lyndon B. Johnson to the British House of Commons. He also explores rule breaking in less formal contexts, such as vigilantism in the Old West and the CIA’s actions in the wake of 9/11. Entertaining and thought-provoking, Rule Breaking and Political Imagination will prompt a reassessment of the nature of institutions and remind us of the critical role of political mavericks.
 
Contents
Acknowledgments
What’s This Book About?

Part I. Basic Ideas

1 Rule Breaking
2 Imagination

Part II. Institutions, Rule Breaking, and Imagination

3 Thick Institutions and Rule Breaking: Sulla and Caesar, Reed and Johnson
4 Breaking Rules in Breaking the Filibuster
5 Political Imagination after Filibuster Reform: The Postcloture Filibuster and Its Demise
6 A Third Take on the Filibuster: Breaking Rules by Reinterpreting Rules
7 Obstruction and Urgency in the Nineteenth-Century House of Commons
8 Violating Legislative Rules: Resolving Bicameral Differences
9 Stealing Elections

Part III. Bits and Bobs

10 King David and Old Testament Rule Breaking
11 Foreclosure, Bankruptcy, and Contract
12 Gimmickry
13 Intelligence Agencies: Breaking the Rules by Making Up Their Own Rules
14 Vigilantism

Conclusions
References
Index
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