- Richard Fenno
Richard F. Fenno, Jr. (born
12 December 1926) is an American political scientistknown for his pioneering work on the U.S. Congressand its members.
Fenno grew up in
Bostonand served in the U.S. Navyduring World War II. After the war, he graduated from Amherst Collegein 1948 and completed a Ph.D.degree in political scienceat Harvard Universityin 1956. Fenno moved in 1958 to the University of Rochester, where he is now an emeritus professor.
Fenno's books "Congressmen in Committees" (1973) and "Home Style" (1978) established him as a leading scholar of American politics. With Bill Riker, Fenno built the reputation of Rochester's
political sciencedepartment. Riker focused on positive political science, while Fenno focused on establishing Rochester as a center for congressional studies.
Fenno's trademark style of
political science researchis sometimes referred to as "Soak and Poke" (see Fenno 1986). Rather than relying primarily on data sets or rational choice theory, Fenno undertakes empirical observation of the movements of political actors on the stage of politics. His most famous book "Home Style" is written in this fashion.
Fenno won the
American Political Science Association's (APSA) Woodrow WilsonAward for the best book in political science in 1978 for "Home Style". In 1996, the Association for Budgeting & Financial Management awarded Fenno its Aaron WildavskyAward for Lifetime Scholarly Achievement in Public Budgeting, for his work on Congress and appropriations. "Congress at the Grassroots" won the 2001 V.O. Key Award for the best book on southern politics.
Fenno has served as
book revieweditor of the " American Political Science Review" (1968-1971), as a director of the Social Science Research Council, and as president of APSA (1984-1985). He is also a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a Fellowof the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Since 1986, APSA's Legislative Studies Section has awarded the Richard F. Fenno Jr. Prize for the best book on legislative studies.
*"The President’s Cabinet: An Analysis in the Period from Wilson to Eisenhower". 1959.
Harvard University Press.
*"The Power of the Purse: Appropriations Politics in Congress". 1966. Little, Brown.
*"Congressmen in Committees". 1973. Little, Brown.
*"Home Style: House Members in their Districts". 1978. Little, Brown.
*"Observation, Context, and Sequence in the Study of Politics." 1986. "
American Political Science Review" 80(1): 3-15.
*"Strategy and Sophisticated Voting in the Senate." 1994. "Journal of Politics" 56(2): 349-376. (with Randall L. Calvert).
*"Senators on the Campaign Trail: The Politics of Representation". 1996.
University of Oklahoma Press.
*"Congress at the Grassroots: Representational Change in the South, 1970-1998". 2000.
University of North Carolina Press.
*"Going Home: Black Representatives and their Constituents". 2003.
University of Chicago Press.
*"Congressional Travels: Places, Connections, and Authenticity". 2007. Pearson/Longman.
*Polsby, Nelson. 1984. "The Contributions of President Richard F. Fenno, Jr." "PS Political Science and Politics" 17(4): 778-781.
* [http://wikisum.com/w/Fenno:_Homestyle Summary of "Home Style"]
* [http://www.rochester.edu/college/psc/people/faculty/fenno.php University of Rochester Bio]
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