The Dance of Legislation

The Dance of Legislation

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by Eric Redman
     
 

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The Dance of Legislation has long been considered a classic description of the legislative process. In it, Eric Redman draws on his two years as a member of Senator Warren Magnuson’s staff to trace the drafting and passing of a piece of legislation — S.4106, the National Health Service Bill — with all the maneuvers, plots, counterplots,

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The Dance of Legislation has long been considered a classic description of the legislative process. In it, Eric Redman draws on his two years as a member of Senator Warren Magnuson’s staff to trace the drafting and passing of a piece of legislation — S.4106, the National Health Service Bill — with all the maneuvers, plots, counterplots, frustrations, triumphs, and sheer work and dedication involved. He provides a vivid picture of the bureaucratic infighting, political prerogatives, and Congressional courtesies necessary to make something happen on Capitol Hill. In a Postscript to the 2000 edition, Redman reflects on how that process has, and has not, changed in the thirty years since the book was first published.

University of Washington Press

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Redman (a Seattle attorney) draws on his two years as a member of Senator Warren Magnuson's staff to trace the drafting and passing of the National Health Service Bill with all the maneuvers, plots, counterplots, frustrations, triumphs, work, and dedication involved. He describes the bureaucratic infighting, political prerogatives, and Congressional courtesies necessary to make something happen on Capitol Hill. In a new postcript, he reflects on how that process has and has not changed in the 30 years since the volume was first published. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
New York Times Book Review

What Redman has written about the evolution of a health bill could be written about comparable constellations of personalities and pressures affecting an education or a housing or farm or tax bill. But few writers have actually produced a book that has such a useful blend of information, self-deprecatory humor, and keen rendering of the distinctive atmosphere of Congress.

Choice

An outstanding book for undergraduates interested in politics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780671217464
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Publication date:
09/03/1982
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.32(w) x 8.27(h) x 0.79(d)

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Harry McPherson

The Dance of Legislation reads like a suspense novel: will a much—needed program of medical care for the ghettos, and for isolated rural areas, make it through the Congressional maze? Eric Redman... makes us feel the drama of the democratic process— the comedy, the grief, the moments of despair and triumph which he experienced in the course of a year on Capitol Hill.

Meet the Author

Eric Redman was a logger, longshoreman, Rhodes Scholar, and writing teacher, as well as a legislative aide. Today he is a Seattle attorney specializing in public policy and energy law. Richard E. Neustadt is Douglas Dillon Professor of Government emeritus, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

University of Washington Press

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