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American Congress Reader

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ISBN-10: 0521720192

ISBN-13: 9780521720199

Edition: 2009

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

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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.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/15/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.892
Language: English

Ryan J. Vander Wielen is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Temple University. He was previously a Fellow in the Political Institutions and Public Choice program at Michigan State University and at the Weidenbaum Center at Washington University in St. Louis. He has recently been published in Political Analysis and Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review.

The American Congress: Modern Trends
What Is Wrong with the American Political System?
A Reassessment of Who's to Blame: A Positive Case for the Public Evaluation of Congress
Between the Campaigns: Public Approval and Disapproval of Government
Representation and Lawmaking in Congress: The Constitutional and Historical Context
U.S. Constitution, Articles I, II, III, and Amendments
The Federalist, Nos. 10 and 51
U.S. House Members in Their Constituencies: An Exploration
Collective vs. Dyadic Representation in Congress
Congressional Elections and Policy Alignments
Elbridge Gerry's Salamander: The Electoral Consequences of the Reapportionment Revolution - Excerpts
Strategic Politicians and the Dynamics of U.S. House Elections, 1946-1986
Congress: The Electoral Connection
Members, Goals, Resources, and Strategies
Senate Representation and Coalition Building in Distributive Politics
Risk-Bearing and Progressive Ambition: The Case of Members of the United States House of Representatives
Issue Politics in Congress - Excerpts
Parties and Leaders
Institutional Context and Leadership Style: The House from Cannon to Rayburn
Setting the Agenda
Party Influence in Congress
The Standing Committees
Distributive and Partisan Issues in Agriculture Policy in the 104th House
Principals, Goals, Dimensionality, and Congressional Committees
Nonlegislative Hearings and Policy Change in Congress
The Rules of the Legislative Game
Sample of a Special Rule
Sample of a Unanimous Consent Agreement
On the Effects of Legislative Rules
The Partisan Basis of Procedural Choice: Allocating Parliamentary Rights in the House, 1789-1990
The Evolution of Agenda-Setting Institutions in Congress: Path Dependency in House and Senate Institutional Development
The Floor and Voting
Greasing the Wheels: Using Pork Barrel Projects to Build Majority Coalitions in Congress - Excerpt
Models of Legislative Voting
Pivotal Politics: A Theory of U.S. Lawmaking
Congress and the President
Presidential Veto Messages
Presidential Signing Statement
Veto Bargaining: Presidents and the Politics of Negative Power
The Dynamics of Legislative Gridlock, 1947-1996
The Politics of Shared Power: Congress and the Executive - Excerpt
Conscience of a Conservative
Congress and the Courts
Senate Voting on Supreme Court Nominees: A Neoinstitutional Model
From Abe Fortas to Zoe Baird: Why Some Presidential Nominations Fail in the Senate
Congress, Lobbyists, and Interest Groups
Buying Time: Moneyed Interests and the Mobilization of Bias in Congressional Committees
"Legislative Lobbying" - Excerpt
Congress and Budget Politics
Appropriations in the Republican Era
Pet Projects' Veil Is Only Partly Lifted: Lawmakers Find Other Paths to Special-Interest Funding
Further Readings on Congressional Politics
Introduction to the Spatial Theory of Legislating
The Institutional Foundations of Committee Power
The Return to Equilibrium: Controlling Legislative Agendas