Marionettes And Puppeteers: Critiquing the Congressional Committees and Interest Groups Leadership and Interaction Literature

W Casey
2012 unpublished
In this work I critique the literature on the role that leadership plays in interest group demands for policy needs as directed at committees in Congress. I link this exploration to the literature on the role of leadership in those same committees, with its tendency of focusing upon the transactional leadership payoff structure. Some scholars dissenting from that view argue leadership is sometimes charismatic, or assert that leadership is instead transformational. I posit that as the scholarly
more » ... t as the scholarly work has emphasized trade-offs and payouts, we have the ability to test the above assumptions, and that the literature on leadership begs for a test of assumptions. I propose such a test, and offer concrete methods for carrying out such a test.