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Author: Edward V Schneier; Bertram M Gross
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, ©1993.
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"Congress Today examines the legislative process and legislative outputs from three interrelated perspectives: the social and political setting of Congress; the structure and rules of Congress as an organization; and the interests, motives, and strategies of policy advocates." "Using a wide range of historical and contemporary examples of policy-making, the authors provide an in-depth examination of Congress and the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Edward V Schneier; Bertram M Gross
ISBN: 031205193X 9780312051938 0312096992 9780312096991
OCLC Number: 28321868
Description: xxi, 532 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: pt. 2. The Congress as an Organization. 6. The City on the Hill. Life on the Hill. The Growth of the Legislative Bureaucracy. The Lobbying Community. The Role of the Press --
Conclusion: The View from the Hill. 7. Dividing Work and Authority. Legislatures and Bureaucracies. Specialization and the Congressional Division of Labor. Central Guidance Systems in the Congress --
Summary: Congress as an Organization. 8. The Role of the Rules. House Procedures and the Policy Process. Senate Rules and the Policy Process. The White House and the Other House --
Conclusion: The Long Road to Final Passage. 9. Norms and Power Systems. Norms of the Post-Reform Congress. Congressional Norms and Pathways to Power. The Road to Power --
Conclusion: Influence in the "New Congress" 10. The Chosen Leaders. The Struggle for Committee Power. Elected Leaders. Concurrence and Consensus: The Struggle for Leadership --
pt. 3. Combat on the Legislative Terrain. 11. Informing, Pressuring, and Persuading. The Needs and Capabilities of Individual Members. The Flow of Legislative Intelligence. Sources of Information and Misinformation --
Conclusion: Timing the Message. 12. To Have or Not to Have a Bill. The Emergence of Issues. The Area of Choice. Advantages of the Legislative Process. Disadvantages of Legislative Action --
Conclusion: The Legislature in Context. 13. Crafting Legislation. Conception, Parenthood, and Sponsorship. Timing the Offspring. The Art of Drafting. The Arsenal of Amendments --
Conclusion: The Language of Compromise. 14. Committee Action or Inaction. Hearings: Staging and Casting. Performance at the Hearings. Markup --
Conclusion: Taking It to the Floor. 15. The War on the Floor. Setting the Stage. The Talking. The Voting. 16. The Road to Law. Resolving Differences between the House and Senate. The President Votes --
Conclusion: The Veto Waltz. 17. Executing the Laws. Bureaucratic Sabotage. Congress and the Courts. Social Vetoes. Conclusion: Law and Social Combat. 18. Conflicting Agendas for Change. Evaluating the Congress. Representation. Structure. Policy-Making. The Greatest Deliberative Body in the World? --
Conclusion: The Challenge of Congress.
Responsibility: Edward V. Schneier, Bertram Gross.

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"Congress Today examines the legislative process and legislative outputs from three interrelated perspectives: the social and political setting of Congress; the structure and rules of Congress as an organization; and the interests, motives, and strategies of policy advocates." "Using a wide range of historical and contemporary examples of policy-making, the authors provide an in-depth examination of Congress and the politics of making national legislation. Rich in detail on the intrigues and manipulations that take place behind the scenes, the book examines legislative behavior in the larger context of how power is distributed in the United States."--Jacket.

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