The United States Congress [proceedings of the symposium]

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Dennis B. Hale
Transaction Publishers, 1983 - Political Science - 360 pages
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Contributors to this remarkable volume on the development and current status of the United States Congress use perspec­tives from history and comparative politics to study congres­sional law making, congressional debate, public support, the absence of leaders in congress, congressional oversight of ad­ministration, congress and public finance, and corruption. The Essays are based on the Thomas P. O'Neill, Jr., Symposium on the U.S. Congress held at Boston College in 1981.

The United States Congress gives us a portrait of the national legislature at a critical moment in its history, and seeks to pro­vide timely answers to fundamental questions: What is deliber­ation and how can Congress become a more deliberative in­stitution? How have congressional elections changed? Has the relationship between voters and congressmen gone sour? Can Congress write a budget, direct the federal bureaucracy, or de­vise a sensible foreign policy? How has the nature of leadership within the Congress changed in recent years? And, above all, what is the Congress of the United States supposed to be and to do?

 

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Contents

15 Congress a Deliberative Body?
3
Hon Charles A Vanik Member United States House
13
of Government Department of Government Harvard University
21
Congressmen in Their Districts
31
Fear of the Future Steven V Roberts Congressional Corre
65
House of Representatives
85
House of Representatives 19581980
91
University of California at Irvine
99
Procedures Thomas R Wolanin Staff Director 19771981
209
Director Program Analysis Division United States General
229
Democratic Study Group
239
Congress and Foreign Policy
247
Robert Scigliano Department of Political Science
257
Congress and the Agencies
273
sional Oversight of Policy and Administration Joel D Aberbach
285
Johns Hopkins University
305

First Plenary Session
107
Budget and Fiscal Policy
127
Department of Political Science Emory University
135
House of Representatives
159
Reforming Congressional Procedures
165
Financing Congressional Elections
311
Editor The Boston Globe
331
Second Plenary Session
347
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