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Congress Reconsidered [Paperback]

Lawrence C. Dodd , Bruce I. Oppenheimer
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December 30, 2004 1568028598 978-1568028590 8

As students and scholars have come to expect from this classic reader, Dodd and Oppenheimer's winning team of distinguished scholars delivers the most up-to-date, accessible, and cutting-edge research on the development of the modern Congress. Over the course of seven editions, this innovative volume was the first to detail and assess the reforms of the 1970s, to trace the rise of a new congressional oligarchy in the 1980s, to recognize the Democrats' tenuous hold on congressional power in the early 1990s, and to chart the historic significance and impact of the new Republican Congress of the past decade. Ever on the forefront of the field, the eighth edition assesses how Congress is responding to the challenges of a new century, from campaign finance reform, heightened partisanship, and renewed deficit spending to international terrorism and the expanding political role of ethnic and racial minorities.

In addition to Dodd and Oppenheimer's timely and cogent assessment of the 2004 elections, contributions--thirteen new to this edition and five completely revised--reflect original scholarship, place new developments within broader historical perspective, and consider the future direction of Congress.

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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 New Perspectives on American Politics (1994), Congress and Policy Change (1986), and Congress and the Administrative State (1979). He had been a Woodrow Wilson Center Fellow (2003-2004), University Fellow (1993-1994), Hoover National Fellow (1984-1985), and Congressional Fellow (1974-1975).

Bruce I. Oppenheimer is professor of political science at Vanderbilt University. He received his Ph.D. 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: 494 pages
  • Publisher: Cq Pr; 8 edition (December 30, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568028598
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568028590
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,414,254 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
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
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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