The American Congress Reader

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-12-15
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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The American Congress Reader provides a supplement to the popular and newly updated American Congress undergraduate textbook. By the same authors who drew upon Capitol Hill experience and nationally recognized scholarship to present a crisp introduction and analysis of Congress's inner mechanics, the Reader compiles the best relevant scholarship on party and committee systems, leadership, voting, and floor activity to broaden and illuminate the key features of the text.

Table of Contents

The American Congress: Modern Trends
What Is Wrong with the American Political System?p. 3
A Reassessment of Who's to Blame: A Positive Case for the Public Evaluation of Congressp. 7
Between the Campaigns: Public Approval and Disapproval of Governmentp. 16
Representation and Lawmaking in Congress: The Constitutional and Historical Context
U.S. Constitution, Articles I, II, III, and Amendmentsp. 31
The Federalist, Nos. 10 and 51p. 43
U.S. House Members in Their Constituencies: An Explorationp. 51
Collective vs. Dyadic Representation in Congressp. 88
Congressional Elections and Policy Alignments
Elbridge Gerry's Salamander: The Electoral Consequences of the Reapportionment Revolution - Excerptsp. 101
Strategic Politicians and the Dynamics of U.S. House Elections, 1946-1986p. 113
Congress: The Electoral Connectionp. 126
Members, Goals, Resources, and Strategies
Senate Representation and Coalition Building in Distributive Politicsp. 141
Risk-Bearing and Progressive Ambition: The Case of Members of the United States House of Representativesp. 152
Issue Politics in Congress - Excerptsp. 162
Parties and Leaders
Institutional Context and Leadership Style: The House from Cannon to Rayburnp. 177
Setting the Agendap. 193
Party Influence in Congressp. 200
The Standing Committees
Distributive and Partisan Issues in Agriculture Policy in the 104th Housep. 213
Principals, Goals, Dimensionality, and Congressional Committeesp. 221
Nonlegislative Hearings and Policy Change in Congressp. 230
The Rules of the Legislative Game
Sample of a Special Rulep. 243
Sample of a Unanimous Consent Agreementp. 245
On the Effects of Legislative Rulesp. 246
The Partisan Basis of Procedural Choice: Allocating Parliamentary Rights in the House, 1789-1990p. 256
The Evolution of Agenda-Setting Institutions in Congress: Path Dependency in House and Senate Institutional Developmentp. 265
The Floor and Voting
Greasing the Wheels: Using Pork Barrel Projects to Build Majority Coalitions in Congress - Excerptp. 279
Models of Legislative Votingp. 292
Pivotal Politics: A Theory of U.S. Lawmakingp. 307
Congress and the President
Presidential Veto Messagesp. 319
Presidential Signing Statementp. 322
Veto Bargaining: Presidents and the Politics of Negative Powerp. 324
The Dynamics of Legislative Gridlock, 1947-1996p. 343
The Politics of Shared Power: Congress and the Executive - Excerptp. 354
Conscience of a Conservativep. 374
Congress and the Courts
Senate Voting on Supreme Court Nominees: A Neoinstitutional Modelp. 383
From Abe Fortas to Zoe Baird: Why Some Presidential Nominations Fail in the Senatep. 389
Congress, Lobbyists, and Interest Groups
Buying Time: Moneyed Interests and the Mobilization of Bias in Congressional Committeesp. 401
"Legislative Lobbying" - Excerptp. 414
Congress and Budget Politics
Appropriations in the Republican Erap. 429
Pet Projects' Veil Is Only Partly Lifted: Lawmakers Find Other Paths to Special-Interest Fundingp. 436
Further Readings on Congressional Politics
Introduction to the Spatial Theory of Legislatingp. 441
The Institutional Foundations of Committee Powerp. 449
The Return to Equilibrium: Controlling Legislative Agendasp. 460
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