On Appreciating Congress: The People's Branch

On Appreciating Congress: The People's Branch

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:
9781594517952
Publisher:
Paradigm Publishers
Publication date:
06/28/2010
Series:
On Politics Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
4.90(w) x 7.90(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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