Congress and Its Members, 12th Edition / Edition 12

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This newly revised edition incorporates new and up-to-date material through mid-1997. The authors discuss new developments and fresh research findings regarding nearly every aspect of Congress.

The book's style is lively and informative, with an abundant use of charts, tables, graphs, photos, quotes, and vignettes to aid understanding of topics that include party politics, Congress and the president, and fundraising. Recent facts and trends are placed in the broader historical context essential for understanding how Congress works.

Explains the dual nature of Congress and the conflicting roles of its members.

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A broad reference on the legislative branch of the US government for general readers and college students taking courses on the legislative process or national policy making. First published in 1981 and here updated through July 1997 to analyze such current issues as the irrelevancy of campaign finance laws in the context of campaign fundraising and the politics of reform, new leaders and party organizations in the House and Senate, and comparisons between the 104th and 105th Congresses. Paper edition (unseen), $34.95. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
st:Cited in BCL3. An encyclopedic text, engagingly written. The new edition analyzes results of the 1992 congressional elections. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780872899674
  • Publisher: Congressional Quarterly, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/22/2009
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 12
  • Pages: 625
  • Sales rank: 948,217
  • Product dimensions: 9.22 (w) x 11.08 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The two Congresses 2
2 Evolution of the modern Congress 12
3 Going for it : recruitment and candidacy 38
4 Making it : the electoral game 80
5 Being there : hill styles and home styles 116
6 Leaders and parties in Congress 148
7 Committees : workshops of Congress 192
8 Congressional rules and procedures 236
9 Deliberation in Congress 272
10 Congress and the president 304
11 Congress and the bureaucracy 334
12 Congress and the courts 362
13 Congress and organized interests 394
14 Congress, budgets, and domestic policy making 420
15 Congress and national security policies 450
16 The two Congresses and the American people 476
App. A Party control : presidency, senate, house, 1901-2007
App. B Internships : getting experience on Capitol Hill
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