Overview

With the benefit of an insider's perspective, distinguished former
congressman Lee H. Hamilton argues that America needs a stronger Congress and a more
engaged citizenry in order to ensure responsive and effective democracy. Hamilton
explains how Congress has drifted away from the role envisioned for it in ...

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Strengthening Congress

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Overview

With the benefit of an insider's perspective, distinguished former
congressman Lee H. Hamilton argues that America needs a stronger Congress and a more
engaged citizenry in order to ensure responsive and effective democracy. Hamilton
explains how Congress has drifted away from the role envisioned for it in the
Constitution as a body whose power and influence would be preeminent in the American
system of government. He details the steps that Congress should take to re-establish
its parity with the executive branch and become an institution that works reliably
and effectively for the betterment of the nation -- reinforce congressional
oversight, restore the deliberative process, curb the influence of lobbyists, and
reduce excessive partisanship. Concurrently, Hamilton calls upon Americans to take
more seriously their obligations and responsibilities as citizens and engage with
the critical issues facing their communities and the nation.

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Editorial Reviews

Thomas E. Mann

"Lee Hamilton, one of this country's greatest public servants ever, has written a new book that challenges Congress to revitalize its special place in the American constitutional system and exhorts citizens to engage this institution to realize the promise of our representative democracy. Strengthening Congress is both a constructive critique of the broken branch and a compelling call to arms for politicians and citizens alike to repair it." —Thomas E. Mann, co-author of The Broken Branch

Martin Tolchin

"A lively blueprint for restoring a risk-averse Congress to its rightful place in our democracy. This penetrating analysis by a pre-eminent Washington insider is a must read for anyone interested in politics and government." —Martin Tolchin, Congressional Correspondent, The New York Times

Norman J. Ornstein

"Strengthening Congress makes a clear and compelling case for why we need a strong, vibrant, and assertive Congress, where it needs change and reform, and how to provide the changes needed.... It is a welcome roadmap to help strengthen oversight, deliberation, ethics, and legislating inside Congress and to reform the role of loybbyists and citizens outside Congress." —Norman J. Ornstein, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute

Janet Hook

"Lee Hamilton is a truly rare breed. He is a wise man who knows Congress inside out—and can still think constructively about its strengths and weaknesses. His book provides a clear and well-informed view of how the country would benefit from a stronger Congress." —Janet Hook, Los Angeles Times, Washington Bureau

From the Publisher
"Strengthening Congress makes a clear and compelling case for why we need a strong, vibrant, and assertive Congress, where it needs change and reform, and how to provide the changes needed.... It is a welcome roadmap to help strengthen oversight, deliberation, ethics, and legislating inside Congress and to reform the role of loybbyists and citizens outside Congress." —Norman J. Ornstein, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute

"Lee Hamilton is a truly rare breed. He is a wise man who knows Congress inside out—and can still think constructively about its strengths and weaknesses. His book provides a clear and well-informed view of how the country would benefit from a stronger Congress." —Janet Hook, Los Angeles Times, Washington Bureau

"Lee Hamilton, one of this country's greatest public servants ever, has written a new book that challenges Congress to revitalize its special place in the American constitutional system and exhorts citizens to engage this institution to realize the promise of our representative democracy. Strengthening Congress is both a constructive critique of the broken branch and a compelling call to arms for politicians and citizens alike to repair it." —Thomas E. Mann, co-author of The Broken Branch

"A lively blueprint for restoring a risk-averse Congress to its rightful place in our democracy. This penetrating analysis by a pre-eminent Washington insider is a must read for anyone interested in politics and government." —Martin Tolchin, Congressional Correspondent, The New York Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253003416
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 9/7/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.37 (d)
  • File size: 218 KB

Meet the Author

Lee H. Hamilton served Indiana in the U.S. House of Representatives from
1965 to 1999 and is Director of The Center on Congress at Indiana University
Bloomington. He is author of How Congress Works and Why You Should Care (IUP,
2004)

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Table of Contents

ContentsPreface

1. Why We Need to Restore Power to Congress2. A Stronger Voice3. Strengthening Congressional Oversight4. Restoring the Deliberative Process5. Reducing Excessive Partisanship6. Strengthening Ethics Enforcement7. Curbing the Influence of Lobbyists8. Strengthening Citizen Participation9. A Well-Functioning Congress

Appendices How to Judge Congress Analyzing Congressional Arguments Twelve Ways to Contact Your Member of Congress Making Your Case Effectively: Some Do's and Don'tsNotesIndex

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