Books exploring Divided Government

A Listmania! list by Dividist "Divided We Stand United We Fall - Blogger" (San Francisco, Ca USA)
The list author says: "The objective of careful, limited, fiscally responsible federal government can be accomplished at the ballot box. Not by voting exclusively Republican, Democrat or 3rd party, but by voting consistently for Divided Government. This list highlights books and scholarship on this uniquely American state of government."
Divided We Govern: Party Control, Lawmaking, and Investigations, 1946-2002, Second Edition
1.  Divided We Govern: Party Control, Lawmaking, and Investigations, 1946-2002, Second Edition by David R. Mayhew
The list author says:
  "There is a pervasive belief that if you want to "get things done" in Congress a single party must control the presidency and both legislative branches to avoid gridlock. While it seems intuitively obvious that the the federal government would be more productive if it all branches are run by one party, David Mayhew proved this conventional wisdom flat wrong."
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The Struggle to Limit Government: A Modern Political History
2.  The Struggle to Limit Government: A Modern Political History by John Curtis Samples
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Buck Wild: How Republicans Broke the Bank and Became the Party of Big Government
3.  Buck Wild: How Republicans Broke the Bank and Became the Party of Big Government by Stephen Slivinski
The list author says:
  "Slivinski dedicates a chapter of Buck Wild to the benefits of divided federal government. He shows that during periods of divided government we have fewer wars and significantly more restrained spending."
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The Broken Branch: How Congress Is Failing America and How to Get It Back on Track (Institutions of American Democracy Series)
4.  The Broken Branch: How Congress Is Failing America and How to Get It Back on Track (Institutions of American Democracy Series) by Thomas E. Mann
The list author says:
  "The crucial point made in Broken Branch is that if you want effective congressional oversight of the executive branch, at least one house of Congress must be held by a different party than the president. He wrote this while Republicans controlled the executive and both legislative branches. Whats good for the goose is good for the gander."
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The Federalist Papers (Oxford World's Classics)
5.  The Federalist Papers (Oxford World's Classics) by John Jay
The list author says:
  "Madison explained the rationale for checks, balances, and the separation of powers designed into our constitutional government.  It is an explicit recognition of the temptations of power and the need for institutionally divided government to prevent the naked ambition of less-than-angelic leaders from abusing their positions of power and trampling the freedom of the governed."
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The Elephant in the Room: Evangelicals, Libertarians and the Battle to Control the Republican Party
6.  The Elephant in the Room: Evangelicals, Libertarians and the Battle to Control the Republican Party by Ryan Sager
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The Case for Gridlock: Democracy, Organized Power, and the Legal Foundations of American Government
7.  The Case for Gridlock: Democracy, Organized Power, and the Legal Foundations of American Government by Marcus E. Ethridge
The list author says:
  "Ethridge shows that when special interests can focus their lobbying efforts on a relatively small group of agency administrators and bureaucrats they secure outsize influence on policy. Special interest issues take the force of law without going through the messy, slow, more transparent and unpredictable Constitutional law-making process that is subject to legislative gridlock."
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Culture War? The Myth of a Polarized America (3rd Edition)
8.  Culture War? The Myth of a Polarized America (3rd Edition) by Morris P. Fiorina
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The Presidency, Congress, and Divided Government: A Postwar Assessment (Joseph V. Hughes Jr. and Holly O. Hughes Series on the Presidency and Leadership)
9.  The Presidency, Congress, and Divided Government: A Postwar Assessment (Joseph V. Hughes Jr. and Holly O. Hughes Series on the Presidency and Leadership) by Richard Steven Conley
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Why Americans Split Their Tickets: Campaigns, Competition, and Divided Government
10.  Why Americans Split Their Tickets: Campaigns, Competition, and Divided Government by Barry C. Burden
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Stalemate: Causes and Consequences of Legislative Gridlock
11.  Stalemate: Causes and Consequences of Legislative Gridlock by Sarah A. Binder
The list author says:
  "Binder seeks to quantify the instances of legislative "gridlock" and finds a statistically meaningful correlation showing a greater frequency of occurrences of gridlock during periods of divided government compared to unified government. This seemingly contradicts Mayhew's findings in "Divided We Govern"  but they are actually measuring different things."
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By Joseph J. Ellis: Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation
12.  By Joseph J. Ellis: Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation by -Knopf-
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Divided Government (Longman Classics Edition) (2nd Edition)
13.  Divided Government (Longman Classics Edition) (2nd Edition) by Morris P. Fiorina
The list author says:
  "Morris Fiorina's classic is the definitive text on divided government. His speculations about the motivation of voters regularly electing divided governments go directly to my interest in the topic and motivation for advocating a divided government voting heuristic."
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Reflections of a Political Economist: Selected Articles on Government Policies and Political Processes
14.  Reflections of a Political Economist: Selected Articles on Government Policies and Political Processes by William A. Niskanen
The list author says:
  "William Niskanen is the "godfather" of the divided government  voting strategy. His willingness to put principle and empirical analysis over partisanship was in evidence throughout his life and in this work."
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The Centrist Manifesto
15.  The Centrist Manifesto by Charles J. Wheelan
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  "A workable strategy for a Centrist 3rd Party. A longshot but workable. And it requires divided government."
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The Myth of the Independent Voter
16.  The Myth of the Independent Voter by Bruce E. Keith
The list author says:
  "Why all political strategies (including 3rd Party schemes) based on the large "Independent" "Unaligned" voting block fails. They're mostly not independent or unaligned. The book that set the record straight."
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