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American Congress

American Congress - 4th edition

ISBN13: 978-0521673013

Cover of American Congress 4TH 06 (ISBN 978-0521673013)
ISBN13: 978-0521673013
ISBN10: 0521673011
Edition: 4TH 06
Copyright: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Published: 2006
International: No

American Congress - 4TH 06 edition

ISBN13: 978-0521673013

Steven S. Smith, Jason M. Roberts and Ryan J. Vander Wielen

ISBN13: 978-0521673013
ISBN10: 0521673011
Edition: 4TH 06
Copyright: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Published: 2006
International: No
Summary

The American Congress provides the most insightful, up-to-date treatment of congressional politics available in an undergraduate text. Informed by the authors' Capitol Hill experience and nationally-recognized scholarship, The American Congress presents a crisp introduction to all major features of Congress: its party and committee systems, leadership, and voting and floor activity. The American Congress has the most in-depth discussions of the place of the president, the courts, and interest groups in congressional policy made available in a text. The text blends an emphasis on recent developments in congressional politics with a clear discussion of the rules of the game, the history of key features of Congress, and stories from recent Congresses that bring politics to life. No other text weaves into the discussion of the important ideas of recent political science research. The book includes the most comprehensive list of suggested readings and Internet resources on Congress.

  • Emphasis on the changing features of congressional politics, both in recent Congresses and historically
  • Emphasis on the important ideas of recent political science research
  • Effective stories from recent Congresses that illustrate key principles

Table of Contents

1. The American Congress: modern trends
2. Representation and lawmaking in Congress: the constitutional and historical context
3. Congressional elections and policy alignments
4. The rules of the legislative game
5. Members, goals, resources, and strategies
6. Parties and leaders
7. The standing committees
8. The floor and voting
9. Congress and the president
10. Congress and the courts
11. Congress, lobbyists and interest groups
12. Congress and budget politics
Suggested readings
Index.

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