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Congress overwhelmed : the decline in congressional capacity and prospects for reform

Author: Timothy M LaPira; Lee Drutman; Kevin R Kosar
Publisher: Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2020.
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Congress today is falling short. Fewer bills, worse oversight, and more dysfunction. But why? In a new volume of essays, the contributors investigate an underappreciated reason Congress is struggling: it doesn't have the internal capacity to do what our constitutional system requires of it. Leading scholars chronicle the institutional decline of Congress and the decades-long neglect of its own internal investments  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Conference papers and proceedings
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
LaPira, Timothy M.
Congress Overwhelmed : The Decline in Congressional Capacity and Prospects for Reform
Chicago : University of Chicago Press,c2020
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Timothy M LaPira; Lee Drutman; Kevin R Kosar
ISBN: 022670260X 9780226702605
OCLC Number: 1202462945
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Frontmatter --
Contents --
1 Overwhelmed: An Introduction to Congress's Capacity Problem --
Part 1 The Foundations of Congressional Capacity --
2 Capacity for What? Legislative Capacity Regimes in Congress and the Possibilities for Reform --
3 The Decline in Congressional Capacity --
4 How Congress Fell Behind the Executive Branch --
Part 2 Knowledge and Expertise in Congress --
5 The Congressional Capacity Survey: Who Staff Are, How They Got There, What They Do, and Where They May Go --
6 What Do Congressional Staff Actually Know? --
7 How Committee Staffers Clear the Runway for Legislative Action in Congress --
8 Legislative Branch Support Agencies: What They Are, What They Do, and Their Uneasy Position in Our System of Government --
Part 3 The Politics of Capacity in the Legislative Process --
9 Still Muddling Along? Assessing the Hybrid Congressional Appropriations Process --
10 Congress and the Capacity to Act: Overcoming Gridlock in the Senate's Amendment Process --
11 The Issue Dynamics of Congressional Capacity --
12 Congressional Capacity and Reauthorizations --
13 How Experienced Legislative Staff Contribute to Effective Lawmaking --
14 Capacity in a Centralized Congress --
15 Congressional Capacity and Bipartisanship in Congress --
Part 4 Capacity and the Politics of Reform --
16 Lessons from the History of Reform --
17 Dodging Dead Cats: What Would It Take to Get Congress to Expand Capacity? --
Acknowledgments --
Notes --
References --
List of Contributors --
Index
Responsibility: edited by Timothy M. LaPira, Lee Drutman, and Kevin R. Kosar.

Abstract:

Congress today is falling short. Fewer bills, worse oversight, and more dysfunction. But why? In a new volume of essays, the contributors investigate an underappreciated reason Congress is struggling: it doesn't have the internal capacity to do what our constitutional system requires of it. Leading scholars chronicle the institutional decline of Congress and the decades-long neglect of its own internal investments in the knowledge and expertise necessary to perform as a first-rate legislature. Today's legislators and congressional committees have fewer--and less expert and experienced--staff than the executive branch or K Street. This leaves them at the mercy of lobbyists and the administrative bureaucracy. The essays in Congress Overwhelmed assess Congress's declining capacity and explore ways to upgrade it. Some provide broad historical scope. Others evaluate the current decay and investigate how Congress manages despite the obstacles. Collectively, they undertake the most comprehensive, sophisticated appraisal of congressional capacity to date, and they offer a new analytical frame for thinking about--and improving--our underperforming first branch of government.

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