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Not all changes in minority rights, however, have occurred during times of major institutional reform. 22 Minority rights, majority rule A procedural advantage - whether created explicitly or implicitly in the rules - is protected from arbitrary change5 if it can be eliminated only by a formal rule change adopted by a chamber majority of specified size. Thus, although Speaker Joseph Cannon (R-Illinois) in the 58th through 60th Congresses (1903-1909) permitted the minority party to propose its own slate of appointments to committees.

Second, if minority rights take more than one form, temporal or cross-sectional differences in the nature of House and Senate rights are possible and may have theoretical significance. In fact, as I argue in this chapter, there is a discernable pattern to changes in House minority rights, with party-based rights emerging by the early twentieth century - a pattern that failed to occur in the Senate. Conceptual shifts in the nature of minority rights, I argue, have been interwoven with major institutional change in the House.

The "essential characteristic of the era," summarizes Silbey, "was individualistic in political temperament, volatile in voting and result. Numerous person, local, and regional political factions vied for dominance across a broad landscape" (1991:16). Reflecting early elites' antipathy toward parties, the rules chosen by the first Congresses gave no formal recognition to the rights of political parties in the chamber. Instead, the first rules were largely rules of decorum, modeled on those of the British Parliament.

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