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The American Congress

7th Edition

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  • Date Published: August 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107654358

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  • The American Congress provides the most current treatment of congressional politics available in an undergraduate text. Informed by the authors’ Capitol Hill experience and scholarship, this book presents a crisp introduction to major features of Congress: parties and committee systems, leadership, voting, and floor activity. This text contains discussions of the importance of presidents, courts, and interest groups in congressional policy making. Recent developments are also discussed within the context of congressional political history. The seventh edition includes complete coverage of the first Congress of the Obama presidency, the 2010 midterm elections, healthcare reform, and an early perspective on the 112th Congress with a Republican majority.

    • Informed by authors' Capitol Hill experience and leading research
    • Emphasizes the changing features of Congress
    • Offers vivid and engaging exposition
    • Lively illustrative stories and examples appear throughout
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    Product details

    • Edition: 7th Edition
    • Date Published: August 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107654358
    • length: 476 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 156 x 27 mm
    • weight: 0.7kg
    • contains: 51 b/w illus. 18 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The American Congress: modern trends
    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 game
    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.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • American Institutions: Congress
    • Congress and the President
    • Congressional Leadership
    • Elections, Parties, & Institutions
    • Intro. to Amer. Gov.
    • Legislation
    • Legislative Organization and Procedure
    • Legislative Politics and Behavior - can't remember if I've already requested the new edition -- if so, please disregard
    • President and Congress
    • Separation of Powers
    • The American Political Process
    • The Congress
    • The Legislative Process
    • Washington In Perspective
  • Authors

    Steven S. Smith, Washington University, St Louis
    Steven S. Smith is a Professor of Political Science, the 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 in 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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