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Overview

The first undergraduate Congress text written from a rational-choice perspective, Analyzing Congress provides students with the basic analytical tools for understanding congressional politics.
In addition to introducing the fundamental concepts of rational-choice theory, the text includes many empirical examples drawn from classic scholarship on Congress. Several chapters conclude with exercises that encourage students to apply the analytical tools they learn. Make the rational choice. Choose Analyzing Congress for your course.
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In this undergraduate text, Stewart (political science, MIT) introduces the fundamental concepts of rational choice theory and includes many empirical examples drawn from classic scholarship on Congress. Topics include the constitutional origins of Congress, its history and development, elections and voting, political parties, the committee system, and deliberation. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393976267
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/2001
  • Series: New Institutionalism in American Politics
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles Stewart III is Kenan Sahin Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the author of Budget Reform Politics: The Design of the Appropriations Process in the House, 1865–1921 (Cambridge University Press) and numerous journal articles about Congress, elections, and voting technology. Professor Stewart has been recognized by MIT as one of a select body of McVicar fellows “who have profoundly influenced MIT students through their sustained and significant contributions to teaching and curriculum development.”
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Table of Contents

1 An (Unusual) Introduction to the Study of Congress

2 The Constitutional Origins of Congress

3 The History and Development of Congress

4 The Choices Candidates Make: Running for Congress

5 The Choices Voters Make

6 Regulating Elections

7 Leadership in an Egotistical Body

8 Congressional Committees

9 Doing It on the Floor: The Organization of Deliberation

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