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

Created by the Founding Fathers as the people's branch of government, the U.S. Congress has, throughout its history, been held in low regard by the American public. Generally considered to be inefficient, obstructionist, and at times even criminal, the last few years have been especially difficult for the institution and the people elected to serve. Yet, despite…  See more details below

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Created by the Founding Fathers as the people's branch of government, the U.S. Congress has, throughout its history, been held in low regard by the American public. Generally considered to be inefficient, obstructionist, and at times even criminal, the last few years have been especially difficult for the institution and the people elected to serve. Yet, despite recent calls for campaign finance reform and term limits, the Congress remains the greatest and most powerful national legislature in the world, empowered and expected to solve our national problems. In In Defense of Congress, Fred R. Harris takes the view that members of Congress, as individuals, and Congress itself, as an institution, deserve better credit than they are being given. Harris attempts to set the record straight by taking a careful look at the role of individual members and then at the institution as a whole. A former U.S. Senator himself, Harris also provides insightful suggestions for improving Congress in the future.

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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

Prologue1
Pt. IMembers of Congress9
Ch. 1Price, Pay, Perks, and Personnel11
Ch. 2Toward More Accountable Members46
Pt. IICongress as an Institution77
Ch. 3An Unpopular but Responsive Congress79
Ch. 4Toward a More Responsible Congress109
Epilogue135
Notes145
Index169

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