The American Congress
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- Steven S. Smith, Washington University, St Louis
- Jason M. Roberts, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
- Ryan J. Vander Wielen, Temple University, Philadelphia
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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.Read more
- 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
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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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