Institutions of American Democracy: The Legislative Branch
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Institutions of American Democracy: The Legislative Branch

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The checks and balances provided by the three branches of federal government are essential to nurturing and maintaining American democracy. With the guidance of coeditors Paul J. Quirk and Sarah A. Binder, this collection of essays examines the role of the Legislature in American democracy and the dynamic between the other branches of government, and discusses possible measures for reform. The volume addresses questions such as: How does Congress serve the values of democracy and American constitutional principles? Which conceptions of those values does it implement, and which does it overlook or fail to realize? What are Congress's strengths and weaknesses in performing the tasks of democratic governance? What reforms, if any, are necessary to ensure the health and success of Congress as an institution of democracy in the future?show more

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  • Paperback | 624 pages
  • 149.9 x 233.7 x 43.2mm | 816.48g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 32 halftones, maps & line illus.
  • 0195309162
  • 9780195309164

Table of contents

DIRECTORY OF CONTRIBUTORS ; GENERAL INTRODUCTION: The Legislative Branch as an Institution of American Constitutional Democracy ; INTRODUCTION: Congress and American Democracy: Institutions and Performance ; SECTION I: IDEALS AND DEVELOPMENT ; 1. Congress and the Constitutional System ; 2. Institutional Development of Congress ; 3. Actions in the Public Square ; SECTION II: ELECTIONS AND REPRESENTATION ; 4. Modern Campaigns and Representation ; 5. Elections, Parties, and Governance ; 6. Representing Racial and Ethnic Minorities ; SECTION III: STRUCTURES AND PROCESSES ; 7. Committees and Policy Formulation ; 8. Parties and Leadership in the House ; 9. Parties and Leadership in the Senate ; SECTION IV: POLICY AND PERFORMANCE ; 10. Interests, Constituencies, and Policy Making ; 11. Deliberation and Decision Making ; 12. Foreign Affairs and War ; 13. Budgets and Fiscal Policy ; 14. Advice and Consent: Cooperation and Conflict in the Appointment of Federal Judges ; 15. Congress and the Bureaucracy ; SECTION V: ASSESSMENTS AND PROSPECTS ; 16. Images of Congress ; 17. Politics of Congressional Reform ; 18. Congress and American Democracy: Assessing Institutional Performance ; APPENDIX ; INDEXshow more

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