Committees in Congress / Edition 3

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Committees in Congress provides a comprehensive examination of the current state of committees and committee systems in both houses of the U.S. Congress. This third edition examines the reforms adopted under the Republican-controlled Congress, especially in the context of the "Contract With America" and the interparty warfare on Capitol Hill. It also offers complete coverage of the new rules and structural changes to the House and Senate committee systems, including chamber- and party-rules changes, reduced staffing, the elimination of some committees and subcommittees, and new procedures for the selection of committee leaders.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780871878182
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Edition description: Subsequent
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 274
  • Sales rank: 825,830
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Table of Contents

Tables, Figures, and Boxes
Ch. 1 Committees in Congress 1
Perspectives on Committee Power 2
Conditions Shaping the Role of Committees 5
Forms of Committee Power in Congress 6
Types of Committees 11
Sources of Committee Procedure and Structure 18
Variation and Change in the Committee Systems 20
Ch. 2 Evolution and Change in Committees 25
Development of the Modern Committee Systems 26
Committee Government: 1947-1964 30
Reform: 1965-1980 33
Postreform Committees (1981-1995): Decentralization and Individualism 42
Republican Rule and the 104th Congress 47
Committees and Parties in Congress 52
Ch. 3 Member Goals and Committee Assignments 58
The Importance of Committee Assignments 60
Member Goals in the House 63
Member Goals in the Senate 78
Jurisdictions, Agendas, and Environments 86
The Committee Assignment Process 96
The Distribution of Preferences 108
Ch. 4 Inside Committees: Leaders, Subcommittees, and Staff 124
Committee Leaders 125
Subcommittees 150
Committee Staff 162
Patterns of Subcommittee Orientation 168
The Rise and Decline of Subcommittee Government 171
Ch. 5 Committees in the Postreform Congress 183
Agenda and Partisan Change 183
Managing the Agenda 185
Committees on the Floor 202
Conference Committees 215
Perspectives on Committee Power Revisited 225
Index 237
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