About the Author
Lawrence C. Dodd holds the Manning J. Dauer Eminent Scholar Chair in Political Science at the University of Florida. His books include Learning Democracy (2005), New Perspectives on American Politics (1994), Congress and Policy Change (1986), Congress and the Administrative State (1979), and Coalitions in Parliamentary Government (1976). He has been a Woodrow Wilson Center Fellow (2003-2004), University Fellow (1993-1994), Hoover National Fellow (1984-1985), and Congressional Fellow (1974-1975). Dodd was selected as the University of Florida's Teacher-Scholar of the Year in 2007, the university's highest faculty honor.
Bruce I. Oppenheimer is professor of political science at Vanderbilt University. He received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin and has been a Congressional Fellow (1974-1975) and Brookings Fellow in Governmental Studies (1970-1971). His book Sizing Up the Senate:The Unequal Consequences of Equal Representation (1999), coauthored with Frances Lee, was awarded the D. B. Hardeman Prize. He is also editor of U.S. Senate Exceptionalism (2002).