- Paperback: 385 pages
- Publisher: CQ Press; 8th edition (March 15, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1604266139
- ISBN-13: 978-1604266139
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #580,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From School Library Journal
YA Students of American history and government will appreciate this comprehensive analysis of the way in which the U.S. Congress establishes policy for the nation. Some chapters will be especially good for high-school curriculum: ``Congress and Lawmaking,'' ``The Congressional Environment,'' and ``The Congressional Budget Process,'' among others. A few sections will be more used by teachers supporting their lectures: ``House Floor Procedure,'' and ``Legislative Oversight,'' as examples. An excellent chart demonstrates ``How a Bill Becomes a Law,'' and is only one of several such well-drawn demonstrations. The comprehensive index and glossary also add to the value of the book, which will be well used in many high-school libraries. Sherry Solomon, Episcopal High School, Bellaire, Tex.
Copyright 1989 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The new edition of Walter Oleszek's Congressional Procedures and the Policy Process continues to be the preeminent and most comprehensive work on the rules, procedures, and decision making of Congress. No other work comes close to this book in its objective and original scholarship, clarity and usefulness to Members of Congress, the media, scholars, students, and the general public. Oleszek has written a treasure. It is the primary source of authoritative knowledge about the complexity of the rules of the congressional policy process. I have adopted every edition of this book for my students and I will continue to do so. --- James A. Thurber, Distinguished University Professor; Director, Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, American University
I have used Oleszek's book about congressional procedures as the central text in my undergraduate courses about Congress for many years. It provides a superb introduction to the practical nuts and bolts of lawmaking, emphasizing not just the content of congressional rules and precedent, but also how procedure is used strategically by members to accomplish their goals. The book is impressively up-to-date and has lots of great anecdotes. The chapter on the budget process is still the best short introduction to the topic currently in print. Overall, by the end of the course, my undergraduate students are really glad that they have mastered the book. Especially for students who take post-graduate positions relevant to the legislative process in Congress, they often comment years later that reading the Oleszek book during their student days helped them in their professional life after graduation. --- C. Lawrence Evans, Newton Family Professor of Government, College of William and Mary
Walter Oleszek's Congressional Procedures and the Policy Process provides clear, precise explanations of congressional rules along with timely examples that illustrate how procedures affect what happens in Congress. This book is both an essential text for courses on Congress and an indispensable reference volume for scholars and practitioners. --- Randall Strahan, Emory University
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This book provides an overview of how legislation is forced through both houses of Congress, how the two houses reconcile conflicting versions of the same legislation and how they, in theory, provide oversight over the executive branch. The bulk of the book is on the first part, the traumatic birthing experience of legislation in both houses. The book is almost entirely devoid of any attention to what would be an ideal, or even sane, process creating good laws. Instead, the book, written by a long-time staffer at the Congressional Research Service, looks at legislation from the perspective of legislators, which seems to be that law-making is war by other means. As a result, the book focuses heavily on tactical maneuvers that can accelerate and stall legislation -- and that mainly means stalling legislation. The rules that facilitate these tactics can be quite arcane, arbitrary and exceedingly baroque.
These rules seem to be the author's lifelong obsession, in the way that someone else might memorize batting averages of professional baseball players. For him, they are infinitely fascinating, though his presentation of them is decidedly practical and unemotional. Nonetheless, he seems discomforted by the increasing partisanship of Congress, and the growing individualism of the Senate in particular.
In short, this book is likely a must-read for anyone who has a pressing professional need to know the innards of the Hill. To try to maneuver Congress without this book is probably akin to trying to participate in French Parliament without knowing French. But if you're not actually going to use knowledge of Congressional procedures in your work, then you'll likely forget the contents of this book within minutes of setting it down as it is so technical and obscure.
A review of the seventh (2007) edition, though the newer eighth edition is probably equally dated as it was published before the passage of Obama's health care reform package which required some creativity with Senate rules.
Anyone thinking of working on the Hill or studying U.S. legislative processes would do well to begin here.