The American Legislative Process

The American Legislative Process : Congress and the States

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For courses on the Congress, the legislative process, and American political institutions.This book describes and analyzes the American legislative process using a wide variety of perspectives and sources to encompass legal, behavioral, normative, and historical dimensions. The Tenth Edition has been completely updated to reflect evolving legislatures and the latest literature on the legislative more

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  • Hardback | 532 pages
  • 152.4 x 223.5 x 30.5mm | 771.12g
  • Pearson Education Limited
  • Prentice-Hall
  • Harlow, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Annotated
  • 10th edition
  • 0130877034
  • 9780130877031

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As the legislative decides which policy proposals will be deliberated and turned into law, it determines the scope and direction of all public programs. At the same time it remains a mirror image of the range and reality of American politics, to be viewed within the context of external forces such as political parties, chief executives, and courts. The American Legislative Process: Congress and the States is an exhaustive portrayal and analysis of the critical branch of American government at both the federal and state levels. Revised in response to recent changes in the political scene, the tenth edition of this classic text is engaging, intriguing, and illuminating. Topics expanded upon or added include congressional rules changes and reorganization, the House speakership, and the leverage of special interest groups. Analysis in each chapter moves between federal and state entities and illustrates how legislative institutions and practices are shaped to reflect the interests and preferences of the legislators more

Table of contents

I. LEGISLATURES AND LEGISLATORS IN THE POLITICAL SYSTEM. 1. The Legislative Task. 2. Legislative Structures and Powers. 3. Representation and Apportionment. 4. Legislators and the Electoral Process. 5. The Legislators. II. THE LEGISLATIVE STRUCTURE FOR DECISION MAKING. 6. The Committee System. 7. Committees at Work. 8. Debate and Decision Making on the Floor. III. LEGISLATURES, PARTIES, AND INTERESTS. 9. Political Parties and the Legislative Process. 10. Interest Groups and the Legislative Process. IV. INTERACTION WITH THE EXECUTIVE AND THE COURTS. 11. The Chief Executive as Legislator. 12. Legislative Oversight of Bureaucracy. 13. Legislative-Judicial Relations. V. CONCLUSION. 14. The Legislative Process: Problems and Perspectives. more

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