Congressional Committees

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This book examines the groups in which the real legislative work of Congress gets done: committees. It informs readers about the various types of committees and gives them an inside look at how committees work, the ways in which power and leadership is wielded, and the influences inside committees.

Examines the different types of committees in Congress, their functions, leadership, and influences.

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Overview

This book examines the groups in which the real legislative work of Congress gets done: committees. It informs readers about the various types of committees and gives them an inside look at how committees work, the ways in which power and leadership is wielded, and the influences inside committees.

Examines the different types of committees in Congress, their functions, leadership, and influences.

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Gr 11 UpTaking a political scientist's view of the inner workings of Congress, Duvall presents a tremendous amount of information in a nonpartisan manner. She describes Congress as "continually reinventing itself" by tinkering with the system through small but sometimes far-reaching changes. Types of committees, how they function, and the changing roles of leadership are covered along with examples of successful and unsuccessful committee operations. Unfortunately, the introduction is too scanty to give readers a strong sense of exactly why committees are needed and how they gained such crucial importance. The author briefly states a couple of points but focuses strongly on how the system currently works. However, readers with the necessary background knowledge will feel well informed when watching Congressional hearings and debates. The few black-and-white photographs are well keyed to the text and well captioned. An addendum updates coverage through the 1996 elections. Other books on this topic for this age group do not tackle the subject in any depth. Though they do mention the importance of committee work in sorting through the myriad bills submitted to Congress, they lack Duvall's details, real-world examples, and "insider" perspective that will attract budding political scientists.Jonathan Betz-Zall, Sno-Isle Regional Library System, Edmonds, WA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780531113431
  • Publisher: Scholastic Library Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/28/1997
  • Series: Democracy in Action Series
  • Edition description: 37100 Scholastic Library
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.31 (h) x 0.58 (d)

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