The U.S. Congress: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

The U.S. Congress: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)


within the moment version of The U.S. Congress, Donald A. Ritchie, a congressional historian for greater than thirty years, takes readers on a desirable, behind-the-scenes travel of Capitol Hill, mentioning the most important gamers, explaining their habit, and translating parliamentary language into simple English. No mere civics lesson, this eye-opening ebook presents an insider's point of view on Congress, matched with a qualified historian's analytical perception. After a rapid survey of the production of Congress by way of the constitutional conference, he starts to unscrew the nuts and pull out the bolts. what's it wish to crusade for Congress? to draw huge donors? to go into both condo without seniority? He solutions those questions and extra, explaining committee assignments and committee paintings, the position of staffers and lobbyists, ground complaints, parliamentary ideas, and coalition construction.
Ritchie explores the nice attempt positioned into constituent service-as representatives and senators reply to requests from teams and individuals-as good as media family members and information assurance. He additionally explores how the grand techniques we know from civics class--checks and balances, propose and consent, congressional oversight--work in perform in an age of robust presidents and a muscular Senate minority.

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