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Congressional committee chairmen : three who made an evolution

Author: Andrée E Reeves
Publisher: Lexington : University Press of Kentucky, ©1993.
Series: Comparative legislative studies.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Congress does most of its work in committee, and no understanding of that body can be complete without an analysis of its committees and those who shape them. Andree Reeves now offers a rare glimpse into the workings of committee chairmanship over a span of thirty-three years - how three chairmen operated and how they influenced their committee and its impact. As Reeves demonstrates, the chair is the most important  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Biographie 1954-1961
Biographie 1961-1967
Biographie 1967-1984
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Reeves, Andrée E., 1958-
Congressional committee chairmen.
Lexington : University Press of Kentucky, ©1993
(OCoLC)624385209
Online version:
Reeves, Andrée E., 1958-
Congressional committee chairmen.
Lexington : University Press of Kentucky, ©1993
(OCoLC)630825820
Named Person: Graham Arthur Barden; Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.; Carl Dewey Perkins; Graham Arthur Barden; Carl Dewey Perkins; Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.; Graham A Barden; Carl D Perkins; Adam C Powell; Graham A Barden; Carl D Perkins; Adam Clayton Powell
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Andrée E Reeves
ISBN: 0813118166 9780813118161
OCLC Number: 26722328
Description: xii, 268 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
The Committee during the Barden Years --
The Chairmanship of Graham Barden --
The Committee during the Powell Years --
The Chairmanship of Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. --
The Committee during the Perkins Years --
The Chairmanship of Carl Perkins --
Leadership and Development on Education and Labor.
Series Title: Comparative legislative studies.
Responsibility: Andrée E. Reeves.

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Congress does most of its work in committee, and no understanding of that body can be complete without an analysis of its committees and those who shape them. Andree Reeves now offers a rare glimpse into the workings of committee chairmanship over a span of thirty-three years - how three chairmen operated and how they influenced their committee and its impact. As Reeves demonstrates, the chair is the most important player in a congressional committee - the one who holds more cards than his colleagues and can deal a winning hand or call a bluff. His use of institutional and personal resources affects the committee, the chamber, and public policy. As a case study, Reeves compares the leadership of three disparate and strong House Education and Labor Committee chairmen who served from 1950 to 1984: Graham A. Barden (D-NC), Adam Clayton Powell (D-NY), and Carl D. Perkins (D-KY). She delves into each chairman's background, orientation, and use of resources. Each had his own brand of leadership, she finds, and a pronounced but different impact on Education and Labor. The committee blocked "progressive" legislation under Barden, facilitated Johnson's Great Society under Powell, and fought tooth and nail to maintain its accomplishments under Perkins. Reeves emphasizes also committee development, including the effects of reforms, the relationship between committee composition and policy output, and committee voting patterns. Rather than advancing smoothly and incrementally, Education and Labor developed in stages that coincided with each chairmanship. And over the years covered, it evolved into a more complex, decentralized, and democratic organization. This is an illuminating study of three men who made a difference in our nation's governance. They left a legacy for succeeding chairmen and indeed for the House, and their chairmanships have had a lasting impact on our society.

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