November 30, 2015 Author Matthew Green Discusses Minority Party Role in Congress

Press Contact: Guy Lamolinara (202) 707-9217
Public Contact: Center for the Book (202) 707-5221
Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362 or

In his analysis, political scholar Matthew N. Green disputes the belief that the minority party in the U.S. House of Representatives is of little importance. Studying the record of the House minority party from 1970 to the present and using other quantitative and qualitative data, Green shows the House minority party’s influence on legislative and political outcomes and demonstrates that the party’s efforts can succeed.

Green will discuss and sign his book, “Underdog Politics: The Minority Party in the U.S. House of Representatives” (Yale University Press, 2015) on Wednesday, Dec. 2, at noon in the Mumford Room, located on the sixth floor of the Library of Congress James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E. This Books & Beyond event is sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. It is free and open to the public; no tickets are required.

Green is associate professor of politics at Catholic University of America and associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies.

Founded in 1800, the Library of Congress is the nation’s first-established federal cultural institution and the largest library in the world. The Library seeks to spark imagination and creativity and to further human understanding and wisdom by providing access to knowledge through its magnificent collections, programs, publications and exhibitions. Many of the Library’s rich resources can be accessed through its website at

The Library’s Center for the Book, established by Congress in 1977 to “stimulate public interest in books and reading,” is a national force for reading and literacy promotion. A public-private partnership, it sponsors educational programs that reach readers of all ages through its affiliated state centers, collaborations with nonprofit reading-promotion partners and through the Young Readers Center and the Poetry and Literature Center at the Library of Congress. For more information, visit


PR 15-211
ISSN 0731-3527