In Defense of Congress / Edition 1

In Defense of Congress / Edition 1

by Fred R. Harris
     
 

ISBN-10: 0312094566

ISBN-13: 9780312094560

Pub. Date: 11/28/1994

Publisher: Wadsworth

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312094560
Publisher:
Wadsworth
Publication date:
11/28/1994
Pages:
177
Product dimensions:
5.45(w) x 8.18(h) x 0.51(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue 1(8)
PART I Members of Congress 9(68)
Price, Pay, Perks, and Personnel
11(35)
The Price of Congress
12(4)
Cost Increases between World War II and the 1980s
13(2)
Recent Costs
15(1)
Congressional Pay
16(16)
History of Congressional Pay
18(3)
Cost-of-Living Adjustment
21(2)
Comparison with Other Countries
23(2)
Salaries and Congressional Responsibilities
25(3)
Comparison with Other Professions
28(4)
Congressional Perks and Patronage
32(5)
Patronage
32(1)
Member Perks
33(4)
Congressional Personnel
37(7)
Conclusion
44(2)
Toward More Accountable Members
46(31)
Term Limits
48(11)
The Founders' Decision against Term Limits
49(1)
Can States Adopt Term Limits?
50(2)
Current Turnover in Congress
52(2)
Term Limits and Accountability
54(3)
Inexperienced Legislators and Special Interest Influence
57(2)
Conclusion
59(1)
Member Ethics
59(4)
Changes in Congress
60(1)
Changes in the Press
61(1)
Changes Still Needed
62(1)
The Power of Incumbency
63(10)
Incumbent Advantages
66(1)
How Incumbency Became Increasingly Important in Elections
67(3)
Taxpayer-Financed Campaigning
70(2)
Conclusion
72(1)
Campaign Finance Reform
73(3)
The Gap between Incumbent and Challenger
74(1)
Reform Bills
75(1)
Summary
76(1)
PART II Congress as an Institution 77(58)
An Unpopular but Responsive Congress
79(30)
General Cynicism toward Government
80(1)
Difficulty of Current Issues
81(1)
Nature of Congress
82(5)
Public Perceptions of the Nature of Congress
83(2)
Congress in the 1950s
85(2)
Changes of the 1960s and Afterward
87(2)
A Congress of Individuals
89(3)
Postreform Changes in Congress
89(2)
Representation versus Lawmaking
91(1)
A Conflictual Congress
92(15)
Structural Conflict
92(1)
Presidential-Congressional Conflict
93(8)
Partisan Conflict
101(6)
Summary
107(2)
Toward a More Responsible Congress
109(26)
Senate Procedural Reforms
111(7)
Change in Senate Norms after the 1950s
112(2)
The Senate Filibuster Today
114(4)
Congressional Committee Reform
118(9)
Functions of Committees
119(1)
Growth in Committee Assignments
120(4)
Separation of Spending Authorization and Appropriations
124(2)
Remedial Proposals
126(1)
Budget Reform
127(7)
Authorization and Appropriations
128(2)
Failures of the 1974 Reform
130(1)
Reform Proposals
131(3)
Summary
134(1)
Epilogue 135(10)
Notes 145(24)
Index 169

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