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THE CONTEMPORARY CONGRESS offers concise coverage of all the foundations of a course on Congress. From the underlying theory of representative democracy and the process of elections to committee dynamics and the legislative process on the House and Senate floor to the relationship between Congress and the Presidency under unified and divided party government, THE CONTEMPORARY CONGRESS includes a view into the rules, politics, and party strategy that determine the policy decisions made every day in the U.S. Congress, especially important in the contemporary era of strong Republican Party government.
Preface. About the Author. 1. Drama of Representation. 2. Evolution of Congressional Decentralization and Recentralization. 3. The Changing Environment of Congressional Politics. 4. Congressional Elections: Roots of the Centrifugal Congress. 5. The Legislative Process and the Rules of the Game. 6. Parties and Leadership Capturing the Congress. 7. Congressional Committees. 8. The Individual Enterprise. 9. Presidential-Congressional Relations. 10. The Competitive Congress. Index.