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Congress Reconsidered, 9th Edition [Paperback]

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December 27, 2008 0872896161 978-0872896161 9

Always a classic, Dodd and Oppenheimer's Congress Reconsidered is the recognized source for in-depth, cutting-edge scholarship on Congress geared to undergraduates. Thoroughly updated -- with ten brand new pieces and the others completely revised -- this ninth edition includes cogent, timely analysis of the 2008 congressional elections, as well as coverage of: 

  • the 110th Democratic Congress,specifically its energy policy, its handling of the Iraq War, and its taxing and spending; 
  • the role of committees in Congress;
  • leadership by women and minorities in Congress;
  • the effects of campaign finance reform;
  • differences in legislative activity between the Republican and Democratic Congresses;
  • party coalition-building across the postwar era;
  • and perspective on campaigns, elections,and political careers from member of Congress Daniel Lipinski.

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About the Author

Lawrence C. Dodd holds the Manning J. Dauer Eminent Scholar Chair in Political Science at the University of Florida. His books include Learning Democracy (2005), New Perspectives on American Politics (1994), Congress and Policy Change (1986), Congress and the Administrative State (1979), and Coalitions in Parliamentary Government (1976). He has been a Woodrow Wilson Center Fellow (2003-2004), University Fellow (1993-1994), Hoover National Fellow (1984-1985), and Congressional Fellow (1974-1975). Dodd was selected as the University of Florida's Teacher-Scholar of the Year in 2007, the university's highest faculty honor.


Bruce I. Oppenheimer is professor of political science at Vanderbilt University. He received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin and has been a Congressional Fellow (1974-1975) and Brookings Fellow in Governmental Studies (1970-1971). His book Sizing Up the Senate:The Unequal Consequences of Equal Representation (1999), coauthored with Frances Lee, was awarded the D. B. Hardeman Prize. He is also editor of U.S. Senate Exceptionalism (2002).


Product Details

  • Series: Congress Reconsidered
  • Paperback: 441 pages
  • Publisher: CQ Press; 9 edition (December 27, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0872896161
  • ISBN-13: 978-0872896161
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5.8 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #799,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Fascinating Perspective on Congress May 11, 2009
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I read this book for a grad class and was pleased at how the text looked at the institution of Congress from a multiplicity of perspectives. The "freshness" of this text is its best selling point. The research and anecdotes are from 3-5 years ago, not 30 to 50. While not necessarily for the armchair political science aficionado, it is a good text for thinkers who want to know how Congress really does work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good book July 22, 2013
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This book, now in its 10th edition, is ever evolving. I can imagine eventually owning all ten editions. A brilliant commentary for students and followers of politics.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not for the pleasure reader December 17, 2010
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This book provides complex analysis of congressional behavior. It is only for those who are extremely interested in understanding and researching the United States Congress (i.e., it is an academic's book)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Value! August 9, 2009
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Great value for the price. The book arrived promptly, and it is in great shape. Very little wearing and markings in the book. I plan to buy from this again.
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