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The American Congress

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  • Completely up-to-date, and with new learning features, the 8th edition of this respected textbook provides a fresh perspective and a crisp introduction to congressional politics. Informed by the authors' Capitol Hill experience and scholarship it features insights from the two Congresses of Obama's presidency, the 2012 elections, health care reform, and an early take on the 113th Congress. The text engages students by emphasizing the importance of a strong legislature in American democracy and has new end-of-chapter discussion questions and further reading. Alongside clear explanations of congressional rules and the law-making process there is a greater wealth of examples from contemporary events and debates, to highlight Congress as a group of politicians as well as a law-making body. These recent developments are presented within the context of congressional political history. This edition is also more visual – timelines and flow-charts have been added and the number of photos has doubled.

    • The authors bring Capitol Hill experience and scholarship to provide insights to recent events including the two Congresses of Barack Obama's presidency, health care reform, the 2012 midterm elections and an early take on the 113th Congress
    • Alongside clear explanations of congressional rules and the law-making process there is a greater wealth of examples from contemporary events and debates, to highlight Congress as a group of politicians as well as a law-making body; recent developments are presented within the context of congressional political history
    • Learning features such as end-of-chapter discussion questions, timelines and flow-charts, combined with an online testbank, make this a complete learning package that allows undergraduates to understand the importance of strong legislature in American democracy
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    • Edition: 8th Edition
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781107441279
    • contains: 97 b/w illus. 15 tables
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    1. The troubled Congress
    2. Representation and lawmaking in Congress: the constitutional and historical context
    3. Congressional elections and policy alignments
    4. Members, goals, resources, and strategies
    5. Parties and leaders
    6. The standing committees
    7. The rules of the legislative games
    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.

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    The American Congress

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

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    Steven S. Smith, Washington University, St Louis
    Steven S. Smith is a Professor of Political Science, 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, St Louis. He has chaired the Legislative Studies Section of the American Political Science Association and has served on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Political Science, The Journal of Politics and Legislative Studies Quarterly.

    Jason M. Roberts, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
    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 US Senate (2009). His articles have been published in the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science and Legislative Studies Quarterly.

    Ryan J. Vander Wielen, Temple University, Philadelphia
    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.

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