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Congress and Its Members, 13th Edition [Paperback]

Roger H Davidson , Walter J Oleszek , Frances E Lee
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July 15, 2011 1608716422 978-1608716425 13th

Incorporating the crucial updates and new research you expect, the thirteenth edition of Congress and Its Members remains a trusted resource for introducing students to the legislative branch. As thousands of undergraduates have learned, focusing on Congress as not only a legislative body, but also as a group of reelection-minded politicians, is an extraordinarily effective way to understand the institution and the law-making process.

In addition to featuring new examples and cases drawn from recent congressional politics including the battles over health care reform, financial regulations, economic stimulus, fiscal management, and tax policy the authors also integrate new scholarship on representation, congressional elections, lobbying influence, and the relationship between Congress and the Court.

The thirteenth edition also features analysis of the 2010 congressional campaigns and elections, party and leadership changes for the 112th Congress, executive-legislative relations under President Obama, new procedures in the House and Senate, budgeting in an era of huge deficits, the heightened importance of lobbyists in legislative policymaking, public attitudes about Congress as dysfunctional, even corrupt, and the courts and their impact on the interpretation of congressional statutes, the scope of congressional power, and the reach of statutory campaign finance regulations.

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About the Author

Roger H. Davidson is professor emeritus of government and politics at the University of Maryland, and has served as visiting professor of political science at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. For the 2001 and 2002 academic year, he served as the John Marshall Chair in political science at the University of Debrecen, Hungary. His books include Remaking Congress: Change and Stability in the 1990's, co-edited with James A. Thurber (1995), and Understanding the Presidency, Third Edition, co-edited with James P. Pfiffner (2003). Davidson is co-editor with Donald C. Bacon and Morton Keller of The Encyclopedia of the United States Congress (1995).

Walter J. Oleszek is a senior specialist in the legislative process at the Congressional Research Service. He has served as either a full-time professional staff aide or consultant to every major House and Senate congressional reorganization effort beginning with the passage of the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1970. In 1993, he served as Policy Director of the Joint Committee on the Organization of Congress. A long-time adjunct faculty member at American University, Oleszek is a frequent lecturer before various academic, governmental and business groups. He is the author or co-author of several books, including Congress and Its Members, 12th ed. (2009),with Roger H. Davidson, and Congress Under Fire: Reform Politics and the Republican Majority (1997), with C. Lawrence Evans.

Frances E. Lee joined the faculty at Maryland in 2004, where she is associate professor of government. She received her Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University in 1997. She has been a Research Fellow at the Brookings Institution and an APSA Congressional Fellow, and she previously taught at Case Western Reserve University. She coauthored Sizing Up The Senate: The Unequal Consequences of Equal Representation with Bruce I. Oppenheimer, which won the D. B. Hardeman Prize in 1999. Her articles have appeared in American Political Science Review, Journal of Politics, Legislative Studies Quarterly, and theAmerican Journal of Political Science, among others.

Product Details

  • Series: Congress and Its Members
  • Paperback: 664 pages
  • Publisher: CQ Press College; 13th edition (July 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608716422
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608716425
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 6.1 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Its an ok book January 27, 2013
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Book is pretty good at describing congress and its functions but has a constant liberal slant.
In the 1st page the author references the Gaby Gifford shooting and then references the tea party by
quoting a random tea party member who said that they were gunning for her seat or something.
Even though the Tea party had nothing to do with the shooting the author still tried to make that connection.
Could have been a good book but the authors own biases are evident in this book.
For example how he can only find positive examples of democrats and negative examples of republicans is baffling.
In conclusion skip the book
and try a more reputable author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great textbook to read and learn from. January 17, 2014
By Raymond
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I chose this 5-star rating due to its great content and clarifying material on Congress. I liked the great examples present in the book, in particular. I would recommend this book to anyone looking to learn more about Congress.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing January 14, 2014
By lizzb92
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I was very intrigued about this book and wasn't hard for some one who doesn't understand government to get through.
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