American Senate An Insider's History
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Description: This book explores highly charged topics that give special meaning to the U.S. Senate's life and culture. They include the decades-long struggles between the Senate and the President for control in shaping legislation; the origins and substance of the Senate seniority system; the bizarre evolution of the filibuster from an effective minority weapon into a day-to-day Senate affliction; the relatively recent emergence of the majority leader, partially in violation of longstanding chamber rules, into the Senate's most important member; and the story of the Senate's long and bitter relations with the House of Representatives, as both chambers gradually grew into parliamentary polar opposites, one to act promptly, the other to stall and delay.The current Senate is confronted with continuing and growing difficulties, a legislature in transition, as it has always been in transition. Clay, Webster, and Calhoun, the Senate's great nineteenth-century triumvirate, could hardly have recognized the place fifty years later--and certainly not now. Today, the Senate stands unmistakably at a low point within the broad historical cycles of boom and bust, growth and retrenchment, which have defined its evolution--along with that of the nation. Profiles of some of the more than 1,900 individuals who have served--statesmen, strivers, and scoundrels--illuminate this endlessly fascinating and perennially frustrating body.The judgments expressed in this volume--part narrative history, part memoir--are based on extensive research into the Senate's past and also on the direct observation by its two authors, whose combined involvement with the Senate totals more than one hundred years.
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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/28/2013
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 1.50" tall
|Prologue: Entering the Contemporary Senate|
|Money and Politics: Electing US Senators|
|The Collapse of Campaign Finance Reform|
|Dancing with Presidents: A Wary Embrace|
|Struggling for Primacy: From TR to FDR|
|Losing Ground to the Imperial Presidency|
|Living with the House of Representatives|
|The Center to Which Everyone Comes|
|Leadership Empowered: The Modern Era|
|The Senate Investigates|
|Debate, Deliberation, and Dispute|
|Reform and Reaction|
|To the Future|