(0) items

Note: Supplemental materials are not guaranteed with Rental or Used book purchases.

The American Congress



by ; ;
Pub. Date:
Cambridge Univ Pr
List Price: $74.99

Rent Textbook


Buy Used Textbook

Usually Ships in 2-3 Business Days



New Textbook

We're Sorry
Sold Out

More New and Used
from Private Sellers
Starting at $1.66

Questions About This Book?

Why should I rent this book?

Renting is easy, fast, and cheap! Renting from can save you hundreds of dollars compared to the cost of new or used books each semester. At the end of the semester, simply ship the book back to us with a free UPS shipping label! No need to worry about selling it back.

How do rental returns work?

Returning books is as easy as possible. As your rental due date approaches, we will email you several courtesy reminders. When you are ready to return, you can print a free UPS shipping label from our website at any time. Then, just return the book to your UPS driver or any staffed UPS location. You can even use the same box we shipped it in!

What version or edition is this?

This is the 7th edition with a publication date of 8/31/2011.

What is included with this book?

  • The Used copy of this book is not guaranteed to include any supplemental materials. Typically, only the book itself is included.
  • The Rental copy of this book is not guaranteed to include any supplemental materials. You may receive a brand new copy, but typically, only the book itself.
  • The eBook copy of this book is not guaranteed to include any supplemental materials. Typically only the book itself is included.


The American Congress provides the most current treatment of congressional politics available in an undergraduate text. Informed by the authors' Capitol Hill experience and scholarship, this book presents a crisp introduction to major features of Congress: parties and committee systems, leadership, voting, and floor activity. This text contains discussions of the importance of presidents, courts, and interest groups in congressional policy making. Recent developments are also discussed within the context of congressional political history. The seventh edition includes complete coverage of the first Congress of the Obama presidency, the 2010 midterm elections, healthcare reform, and an early perspective on the 112th Congress with a Republican majority.

Author Biography

Steven S. Smith is a professor of political science, the Kate M. Gregg Distinguished Professor of Social Science, and Director of the Murray Weidenbaum Center on the Economy, Government, and Public Policy at Washington University in St. Louis. He has chaired the Legislative Studies Section of the American Political Science Association and has served on the editorial boards ofAmerican Journal of Political Science, The Journal of Politics, and Legislative Studies Quarterly. Jason M. Roberts is an associate professor of political science at the University of North Carolina. He co-edited the book Why Not Parties? Party Effects in the U.S. Senate(2009). His articles have been published, in American Political Science.Review, American.Journal of Political Science, and Legislative Studies Quarterly. Ryan J. Vander Wielen is an assistant professor of political science at Temple University. His articles have appeared in Political Analysis, Legislative Studies Quarterly and Public Choice:

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
The American Congress:Modern Trendsp. 1
Representation and Lawmaking in Congress:The Constitutional and Historical Contextp. 29
Congressional Elections and Policy Alignmentsp. 55
Members, Goals, Resources, and Strategiesp. 91
Parties and Leadersp. 127
The Standing Committeesp. 171
The Rules of the Legislative Gamep. 217
The Floor and Votingp. 249
Congress and the Presidentp. 277
Congress and the Courtsp. 319
Congress, Lobbyists, and Interest Groupsp. 349
Congress and Budget Politicsp. 379
Appendix: Introduction to the Spatial Theory of Legislatingp. 405
Suggested Readingsp. 417
Indexp. 443
Table of Contents provided by Ingram. All Rights Reserved.

Please wait while the item is added to your cart...