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Congress and Its Members is the gold standard for the Congress course. Over 13 editions, the book has offered comprehensive coverage of the U.S. Congress and the legislative process by looking at the tension between Congress as a lawmaking institution and as a collection of re-election-minded politicians. The fourteenth edition accounts for the 2012 elections and includes discussion of the agenda of the new Congress, White House—Capitol Hill relations, party and committee leadership changes, judicial appointments, and partisan polarization, as well as covering changes to budgeting, campaign finance, lobbying, public attitudes about Congress, reapportionment, rules, and procedures. Always balancing great scholarship with currency, the book features lively case material along with relevant data, charts, exhibits, maps, and photos.


  • New co-author, Eric Schickler, brings his expertise in American politics and Congress to this edition.
  • Current examples and cases drawn from recent battles over budgets, health care reform, defense, immigration, and tax policy.
  • Analysis of recent political events and issues includes
    • the 2012 congressional campaigns;
    • elections after the post-2010 redistricting;
    • party and leadership changes for the 113th Congress;
    • executive—legislative relations under President Obama;
    • new procedures in the House and Senate;
    • budgeting in an era of huge de?cits; and
    • public attitudes about Congress as dysfunctional.
  • Recent scholarship has been added to every chapter, on such topics as political ambition and candidacy, elections, lobbying influence, and deliberation.


  • Comprehensive coverage of Congress and the legislative process provides students with an insightful look at the tension between Congress as a lawmaking institution and as a collection of re-election-minded politicians.
  • A judicious balance of great scholarship and currency provides readers with a contemporary look at the realities of the legislative institution and process
  • Lively case material, along with relevant data, charts, exhibits, maps, and photos, brings concepts to life.
  • All of the book's graphics are available for download in JPG and PowerPoint format.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452239958
  • Publisher: Congressional Quarterly, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/22/2013
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 0
  • Pages: 640
  • Sales rank: 105,001
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Roger H. Davidson is professor emeritus of government and politics at the University of Maryland, and has served as visiting professor of political science at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. During the 2001—2002 academic year, he served as the John Marshall Chair in political science at the University of Debrecen, Hungary. His books include Remaking Congress: Change and Stability in the 1990s, co-edited with James A. Thurber (1995), and Understanding the Presidency, Seventh Edition, co-edited with James P. Pfiffner (2012). Davidson is co-editor with Donald C. Bacon and Morton Keller of The Encyclopedia of the United States Congress (1995).

Walter J. Oleszek is a senior specialist in the legislative process at the Congressional Research Service. He has served as either a full-time professional staff aide or consultant to every major House and Senate congressional reorganization effort beginning with passage of the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1970. In 1993 he served as Policy Director of the Joint Committee on the Organization of Congress. A longtime adjunct faculty member at American University, Oleszek is a frequent lecturer to various academic, governmental, and business groups. He is the author or co-author of several books, including Congress Under Fire: Reform Politics and the Republican Majority, with C. Lawrence Evans (1997) and Congressional Procedures and the Policy Process, Ninth Edition, (2013).

Frances E. Lee is professor of government and politics at the University of Maryland. She is author of Beyond Ideology: Politics, Principles, and Partisanship in the U.S. Senate (2009) and co-author of Sizing Up the Senate: The Unequal Consequences of Equal Representation (1999). Her work has received national recognition, including the Richard F. Fenno, Jr. Prize for the best book in legislative politics in 2010, and the D.B. Hardeman Prize for the best book on a congressional topic in both 1999 and 2011. Her articles have appeared in American Political Science Review, Journal of Politics, Legislative Studies Quarterly, and American Journal of Political Science, among others.

Eric Schickler is Jeffrey & Ashley McDermott Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of Disjointed Pluralism: Institutional Innovation and the Development of the U.S. Congress (2001), which received APSA's Richard F. Fenno Award. His second book, Partisan Hearts and Minds (co-authored with Donald Green and Bradley Palmquist), was published in 2002. He is also co-author of Filibuster: Obstruction and Lawmaking in the U.S. Senate (co-authored with Gregory Wawro, 2006), which also received APSA's Richard F. Fenno Award. He has authored or co-authored articles in the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Comparative Political Studies, Polity, Public Opinion Quarterly, and Social Science History.

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Table of Contents

  1. The Two Congresses
  2. Evolution of the Modern Congress
  3. Going for It: Recruitment and Candidacy
  4. Making It: The Electoral Game
  5. Being There: Hill Styles and Home Styles
  6. Leaders and Parties in Congress
  7. Committees: Workshops of Congress
  8. Congressional Rules and Procedures
  9. Deliberation in Congress
  10. Congress and the President
  11. Congress and the Bureaucracy
  12. Congress and the Courts
  13. Congress and Organized Interests
  14. Congress, Budgets, and Domestic Policymaking
  15. Congress and National Security Policies
  16. The Two Congresses and the American People
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