9780275998684

Congress Behaving Badly: The Rise of Partisanship and Incivility and the Death of Public Trust

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    9780275998684

  • ISBN10:

    0275998681

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-03-30
  • Publisher: Greenwood Pub Group

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Summary

Partisan rancor and the public exchange of incivilities among members of Congress have become rampant on Capitol Hill and in the media studios since the 1980s. Polarization between mutually repugnant congressional factions has reached the point that the legislative process is paralyzed and democracy is hobbled. Ahuja documents the rise of incivility and partisan shrillness in Congress, traces its complex causes, identifies its adverse consequences for the functioning of democratic government, and prescribes remedies to curb destructive partisanship and restore dignity and efficiency to the workings of Congress.

Author Biography

Sunil Ahuja is Associate Professor of Political Science at Youngstown State University.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xiii
The Problem of Incivility and Partisanshipp. 1
The Capitol Hill Junior High Schoolp. 21
Changing of the Guardp. 41
What Is Behind Partisanship and Uncivil Debate in Congress?p. 61
Whither Confidence and Respect in the Modern Congress?p. 85
The Impact of Partisan Warfare on the Legislative Processp. 107
Democracy Is a Conversationp. 127
Notesp. 153
Indexp. 169
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