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Congress and Its Members

Seventeenth Edition
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July 2019 | 632 pages | CQ Press
“I think Congress and Its Members is a near-perfect example of what a textbook is supposed to be. It provides a clear foundation of factual knowledge for students, along with an accessible summary of the current state of scholarly knowledge in the field, and well-chosen examples from today’s headlines to better enable students to understand the implications of what they have read.”
—James B. Cottrill, St. Cloud State University  

The Gold Standard for Congress Courses for Over Thirty Years  

Congress and Its Members offers comprehensive coverage of the U.S. Congress and the legislative process by examining the tension between Congress as a lawmaking institution and as a collection of politicians constantly seeking re-election. The highly anticipated Seventeenth Edition considers the 2018 elections and the Trump administration, discussing the agenda of the new Congress, White House–Capitol Hill relations, party and committee leadership changes, judicial appointments, and partisan polarization, in addition to covering changes to budgeting, campaign finance, lobbying, public attitudes about Congress, reapportionment, rules, and procedures. Always balancing great scholarship with currency, this bestseller features lively case material along with relevant data, charts, exhibits, maps, and photos.  

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Tables, Figures, and Boxes
 
Preface
 
About the Authors
 
PART I • IN SEARCH OF THE TWO CONGRESSES
 
Chapter 1 • The Two Congresses
The Dual Nature of Congress  
The Two Congresses in Comparative Context  
Divergent Views of Congress  
 
Chapter 2 • Evolution of the Modern Congress
Antecedents of Congress  
Congress in the Constitution  
Institutional Evolution  
Evolution of the Legislator’s Job  
Conclusion  
 
PART II • A CONGRESS OF AMBASSADORS
 
Chapter 3 • Going for It: Recruitment and Candidacy
Formal Rules of the Game  
Districting in the House  
Becoming a Candidate  
Nominating Politics  
Conclusion  
 
Chapter 4 • Making It: The Electoral Game
Campaign Strategies  
Campaign Resources  
Campaign Techniques  
Who Votes?  
How Voters Decide  
Election Outcomes  
Conclusion  
 
Chapter 5 • Being There: Hill Styles and Home Styles
Hill Styles  
Looking Homeward  
Office of the Member Inc.  
Members and the Media  
Conclusion  
 
PART III • A DELIBERATIVE ASSEMBLY OF ONE NATION
 
Chapter 6 • Leaders and Parties in Congress
The Speaker of the House  
Leaders of the Senate  
Selection of Leaders  
Leadership Activities  
Party Caucuses, Committees, and Informal Groups  
Party Continuity and Change  
Conclusion  
 
Chapter 7 • Committees: Workshops of Congress
The Purposes of Committees  
Evolution of the Committee System  
Types of Committees  
The Assignment Process  
Committee Leadership  
Policy Making in Committee  
Committee Staff  
Committee Reform and Change  
Conclusion  
 
Chapter 8 • Congressional Rules and Procedures
Introduction of Bills  
Scheduling in the House  
House Floor Procedures  
Scheduling in the Senate  
Senate Floor Procedures  
Resolving House–Senate Differences  
Conclusion  
 
Chapter 9 • Decision Making in Congress
The Power to Choose  
Types of Decisions  
Determinants of Voting  
Legislative Bargaining  
Conclusion  
 
PART IV • POLICY MAKING AND CHANGE IN THE TWO CONGRESSES
 
Chapter 10 • Congress and the President
Constitutional Powers  
Leadership  
Sources of Legislative–Executive Conflict and Cooperation  
The Balance of Power  
Conclusion  
 
Chapter 11 • Congress and the Bureaucracy
Congress Organizes the Executive Branch  
Congressional Control of the Bureaucracy  
Conclusion  
 
Chapter 12 • Congress and the Courts
The Federal Courts  
The Supreme Court as Policymaker  
Advice and Consent for Judicial Nominees  
Conclusion  
 
Chapter 13 • Congress and Organized Interests
American Pluralism  
Pressure Group Methods  
Groups and the Electoral Connection  
Groups, Lobbying, and Legislative Politics  
Regulation of Lobbying  
Conclusion  
 
Chapter 14 • Congress, Budgets, and Domestic Policy Making
Stages of Policy Making  
Types of Domestic Policies  
Characteristics of Congressional Policy Making  
Congressional Budgeting  
The 1974 Budget Act  
Conclusion  
 
Chapter 15 • Congress and National Security Policies
Constitutional Powers  
Who Speaks for Congress?  
Types of Foreign and National-Security Policies  
Structural Policies  
Strategic Policies  
Crisis Policies: The War Powers  
Conclusion  
 
PART V • CONCLUSION
 
Chapter 16 • The Two Congresses and the American People
Congress as Politicians  
Congress as Institution  
Twenty-First-Century Challenges  
 
Appendix A: Party Control: Presidency, Senate, House, 1901–2021
 
Appendix B: Internships: Getting Experience on Capitol Hill
 
Suggested Readings
 
Notes
 
Index

Supplements

Instructor Resources

Password-protected Instructor Resources include the following:        

  • A Microsoft® Word® test bank is available containing multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay questions for each chapter. The test bank provides you with a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding.        
  • Engaging graphics from the book bring concepts to life by allowing instructors to download tables and figures from the book to share in class.  

 “I would say that it is the best introductory text on the market, that it provides highly detailed and comprehensive coverage of the institution’s rules and operation and on the way that members navigate these in pursuing their own goals and representing their particular districts.”

David A. Bateman
Cornell University

“This is the finest Congress text on the market. It has an admirable mix of compelling narratives, anecdotes from congressional journalism, large theoretical questions overlooked by other texts, detailed information about procedure, and a concise and comprehensive catalog of empirical findings from the broader literature.”

Darin DeWitt
California State University, Long Beach

“For me, Congress and Its Members provides the best combination of foundational knowledge about Congress, summarization of the current state of empirical research on Congress, and timely examples from current events. The organization, structure, and presentation of the material in the book is clear, logical, and very easy to follow.”

James B. Cottrill
St. Cloud State University

“A brilliant and comprehensive text which reflects the most significant and important information about the dynamics and trends in congressional politics.”

Linda Trautman
Ohio University – Lancaster

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1: The Two Congresses

Chapter 4: Making It: The Electoral Game


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