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Title The American Congress reader / edited by Steven S. Smith, Jason M. Roberts, Ryan J. Vander Wielen.
Imprint Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2009.

Subject United States. Congress.
United States. Congress -- Evaluation.
Public opinion -- United States.
United States -- Politics and government -- 21st century -- Public opinion.
Alt Name Smith, Steven S., 1953-
Roberts, Jason M.
Vander Wielen, Ryan J.
Description 1 online resource (viii, 468 pages) : illustrations
polychrome rdacc
Summary This 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.
Note Print version record.
Contents The American Congress: modern trends. What is wrong with the American political system? / John Hibbing and Elizabeth Theiss-Morse -- A reassessment of who's to blame: a positive case for the public evaluation of Congress / David W. Brady and Sean M. Theriault -- Between the campaigns: public approval and disapproval of government / James A. Stimson -- 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 / James Madison -- U.S. House members in the constituencies: an exploration / Richard F. Fenno, Jr. -- Collective vs. dyadic representation in Congress / Robert Weissberg -- Congressional elections and policy alignments. Elbridge Gerry's Salamander: the electoral consequences of the reapportionment revolution (excerpts) / Gary W. Cox and Jonathan N. Katz -- Strategic politicians and the dynamics of U.S. House elections, 1946-1986 / Gary C. Jacobson -- Congress: the electoral connection / David R. Mayhew -- Members, goals, resources, and strategies. Senate representation and coalition building in distributive politics / Frances E. Lee -- Risk-bearing and progressive ambition: the case of members of the United States House of Representatives / David W. Rohde -- Issue politics in Congress (excerpts) / Tracy Sulkin -- Parties and leaders. Institutional context and leadership style: the House from Cannon to Rayburn / Joseph Cooper and David W. Brady -- Setting the agenda / Gary W. Cox and Mathew D. McCubbins -- Party influence in Congress / Steven S. Smith -- The standing committees. Distributive and partisan issues in agriculture policy in the 104th House / Mark s. Hurwitz, Roger J. Moiles, and David W. Rohde -- Principals, goals, dimensionality, and Congressional committees / Forrest Maltzman and Steven S. Smith -- Nonlegislative hearings and policy change in Congress / Jeffrey C. Talbert, Bryan D. Jones, and Frank R. Baumgartner -- The rules of the legislative game. Sample of a special rule -- Sample of a unanimous consent agreement -- On the effects of legislative rules / Gary W. Cox -- The partisan basis of procedural choice: allocating Parliamentary rights in the House, 1789-1990 / Sarah A. Binder -- The evolution of agenda-setting institutions in Congress: path dependency in House and Senate institutional development / Jason M. Roberts and Steven S. Smith -- The floor and voting. Greasing the wheels: using pork barrel projects to build majority coalitions in Congress (excerpt) / Diana Evans -- Models of legislative voting / John W. Kingdon -- Pivotal politics: a theory of U.S. lawmaking / Keith Krehbiel -- Congress and the President. Presidential veto messages -- Presidential signing statement -- Veto bargaining: presidents and the politics of negative power / Charles Cameron -- The dynamics of legislative gridlock, 1947-1996 / Sarah A. Binder -- The politics of shared power: Congress and the executive (excerpt) / Louis Fisher -- Conscience of a conservative / Jeffrey Rosen -- Congress and the courts. Senate voting on Supreme Court nominees: a neoinstitutional model / Charles M. Cameron, Albert D. Cover, and Jeffrey A. Segal -- From Abe Fortas to Zoë Baird: why some Presidential nominations fail in the Senate / Glen S. Krutz, Richard Fleisher, and Jon R. Bond -- Congress, lobbyists, and interest groups. Buying time: moneyed interests and the mobilization of bias in Congressional committees / Richard L. Hall and Frank W. Wayman -- "Legislative lobbying" (excerpt) / John Wright -- Congress and budget politics. Appropriations in the Republican era / Diana Evans -- Pet projects' veil is only partly lifted: lawmakers find other paths to special-interest funding / John Solomon and Jeffrey H. Birnbaum -- Further readings on Congressional politics. Introduction to the spatial theory of legislating / Steven S. Smith, Jason M. Roberts, and Ryan J. Vander Wielen -- The institutional foundations of committee power / Kenneth A. Shepsle and Barry R. Weingast -- The return to equilibrium: controlling legislative agendas / Gerald S. Strom.
ISBN 9781139129725 (electronic bk.)
1139129724 (electronic bk.)
9780511816406 (electronic bk.)
0511816405 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 774689571
Additional Format Print version: American Congress reader. New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, ©2009 9780521720199 (DLC) 2008039660 (OCoLC)244767219