The Contemporary Congress offers a clear and concise introduction to legislative processes, from defining congressional structures and rules to analyzing presidential-congressional relations. By integrating academic studies-both modern and classic-with the actual politics of Capitol Hill, The Contemporary Congress presents students with a comprehensive and up-to-date analysis of policymaking in the U.S. Congress.
Burdett A. Loomis is Professor of political science at the University of Kansas. Aside from teaching courses on congressional politics, interest groups, and policy making, Loomis directs internship programs in Washington and Topeka. He has written on a variety of topics, including Congress, interest groups, state legislatures, and public policy, and he currently serves as coeditor of Interest Groups and Advocacy. Wendy J. Schiller is Professor of political science at Brown University. She served on the staffs of Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan and Governor Mario Cuomo, and completed Fellowships at the Brookings Institution and Princeton University. She teaches courses on the American presidency, the American political process, and Congress and public policy. Among books she has authored or coauthored are Electing the Senate: Indirect Democracy Before the Seventeenth Amendment, Partners and Rivals: Representation in U.S. Senate Delegations, and Gateways to Democracy: An Introduction to American Government.
1. The Drama of Representation 2. Congressional Decentralization in Design and Evolution 3. The Changing Environment of Congressional Politics 4. Parties, Leaders, and Ideology in Congress 5. Presidential-Congressional Relations: Boundaries of Power 6. Congressional Elections: All for One and One for All? 7. Policymaking in Committee and on the Floor 8. The Individual Enterprise 9. The Competitive Congress: Centrifugal Forces in a Partisan Era
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