The American Congress / Edition 2

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This comprehensive introduction to Congress and the legislative process, written by a highly-regarded congressional scholar, covers the internal dynamics of congressional politics and presents the most recent scholarship on the subject. The Second Edition offers balanced coverage of theory and practice, incorporating more contemporary scholarship than any other text available. The text also offers exceptionally thorough coverage of the relationship between Congress and other important institutions—particularly the executive branch, the courts, and interest groups, as well as policy outcomes.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395875476
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 12/30/1998
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven S. Smith is Kate M. Gregg Professor of Social Sciences and Director of the Weidenbaum Center at Washington University in St. Louis. He has authored or coauthored seven books and many articles on congressional politics, including Politics or Principle: Filibustering in the U.S. Senate (Brookings), and coauthored several articles and a book on Russian parliamentary politics. He is a former Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and has taught at the University of Minnesota, Northwestern University, and George Washington University.

Jason M. Roberts is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Minnesota. His research interests include American politics, the U.S. Congress, elections, and Supreme Court nominations. He has published articles in the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, and Congress and the Presidency.

Ryan J. Vander Wielen is a Graduate Fellow at the Weidenbaum Center at Washington University in St. Louis. He publishes articles on congressional politics and elections and has published recently Political Analysis and the Loyola Law Review.

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Table of Contents

Note: Chapters 2-12 contain a Conclusion. 1. Representation and Lawmaking in Congress Representation and Lawmaking Long-Term Trends The Changing Congress 2. The Constitutional and Historical Context The Predecessors of Congress The Constitution's Rules of the Game Congressional Development 3. The Rules of the Legislative Game Legislative Rules in Perspective Beyond the Constitution: House and Senate Rules The Standard Legislative Process House and Senate Rules Compared Authorizing and Appropriating Variations in the Legislative Process 4. Congressional Elections and Policy Alignments The Importance of Elections The Rules Governing Congressional Elections The Candidates Explaining the Incumbency Advantage National Patterns in Congressional Elections Congressional Elections and Policy Alignments 5. Members' Goals, Resources, and Strategies Setting Personal Priorities Member's Goals Members' Resources Influences on Members Choosing Strategies 6. Parties and Leaders The Nature of Congressional Parties Party Organizations Party Leaders House Party Leaders Senate Party Leaders Party Leaders' Resources An Era of Reinvigorated Parties 7. The Standing Committees Types of Committees The Nature of Congressional Committees Committee Membership Committee Leaders Subcommittees Committee Staff The Power of Modern Committees The Countervailing Influence of the Parties 8. The Floor and Voting A Typical Day on the House and Senate Floors Voting Procedure Analyzing Votes The Relationship Between the Floor, Committees, and Parties 9. Congress and the President The President as a Legislative Player The President's Resources President's Strategies Congressional Resources and Strategies 10. Congress and the Courts Courts as Referees Judges as Policy Makers Congressional Resources and Strategies 11. Congress, Lobbyists, and Interest Groups The Expanding Community of Lobbyists and Interest Groups Influencing Congress Regulating Lobby Members' Groups and Legislative Service Organizations The Influence of Lobbyists and Interest Groups 12. Congress and Budget Policies Overview of the Federal Budget Creating a Congressional Budget Process: 1974 Reducing the Discretion of Committees: 1980 and 1981 Enforcing Deficit Limits: 1985 and 1987 Enforcing Spending Limits: 1990 Ensuring Deficit Reduction and Entitlement Review: 1993 Bringing the Budget to the Brink: 1995-1996

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