On Appreciating Congress: The People's Branch (On Politics)

On Appreciating Congress: The People's Branch (On Politics)

by Louis Fisher
     
 

This book explains why Congress is the indispensable institution for safeguarding popular, democratic, and constitutional government. Even though its record over the past two centuries presents a mixed picture, the record of the other two branches is also decidedly mixed. The author has worked for Congress for the past four decades and writes from a perspective

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This book explains why Congress is the indispensable institution for safeguarding popular, democratic, and constitutional government. Even though its record over the past two centuries presents a mixed picture, the record of the other two branches is also decidedly mixed. The author has worked for Congress for the past four decades and writes from a perspective that intimately understands its shortcomings while appreciating its strengths. He contends that portraying Congress as so inherently inept that it must be kept subordinate to presidential or judicial power is misguided and uninformed. The Constitution looks to Congress as the first branch because it is the institution through which citizens at the local and state level engage in self-government. Although Presidents claim to be the national representative, they cannot substitute for the knowledge and legitimacy brought by members of Congress. Congress, after all, is the people's branch and this book restores it to its rightful claim.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199945931
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
12/01/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 5.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Chapter 1: Popular Government
Chapter 2: Facing Executive Power
Chapter 3: Interpreting the Constitution
Chapter 4: Protecting Minority Rights
Chapter 5: Congress at Risk
Chapter 6: Safeguarding Democracy
Notes
Index
About the Author

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