Great Theatre: The American Congress in the 1990sby Herbert F. Weisberg
Pub. Date: 03/28/2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Congress is a great stage, and its members play their roles under the spotlight of a skeptical public, an acerbic media, and a plethora of interested parties. The 104th Congress, the first in four decades to be Republican controlled, is a watershed in congressional history. Using the theater metaphor to characterize the actions of Congress and to help make the institution more understandable, congressional life and behavior is dissected and placed in the broader context of changes in Congress in the 1990s. This book underscores the relationship among Congress and the other branches of the United States government.
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Table of ContentsFigures and tables; Preface; Contributors; Part I. Introduction: 1. Theatre in the round: congress in action Herbert F. Weisberg and Samuel C. Patterson; Part II. Congress and its Audience; 2. Representation in congress: line drawing and minorities Kenny J. Whitby and Franklin D. Gilliam Jr; 3. Unsympathetic audience: citizens' evaluations of congress Samuel C. Patterson and David C. Kimball; 4. Back from intermission: the 1994 elections and the return to divided government Dean Lacy; Part III. Congress at Play: 5. Directing 535 leading men and leading ladies: party leadership in the modern congress Paul S. Herrnson; 6. Little theatre: committees in congress Tim Groseclose and David C. King; 7. The unfolding drama: party and ideology in the 104th house Barry C. Burden and Aage R. Clausen; Part IV. Congress and Other Actors: 8. The plot thickens: congress and the president Barbara Sinclair; 9. Congress and the courts: a case of casting Elliot E. Slotnick and Sheldon Goldman; 10. Behind the scenes: the Supreme Court and congress in statutory interpretation Lori Hausegger and Lawrence Baum; 11. Congress and foreign policy: a neglected stage Randall B. Ripley; Part V. Conclusion: 12. 'The play's the thing': congress and the future Samuel C. Patterson and Herbert F. Weisberg; References; Index.
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