- War Stories from Capitol Hill
- ISBN-10: 0130280887 • ISBN-13: 9780130280886
- ©2004 • Pearson • Paper, 160 pp
Published 08/13/2003 • Instock
For undergraduate introductory courses in American Government and Congress, and graduate courses in Legislative Processes.
An insider account of how Congress works, this book contains insightful first person reminisces, from former congressional fellows and staffers, about the ins and outs and dos and don'ts of everyday life on Capitol Hill. Each student-friendly essay focuses on one or more aspects of congressional controversy experienced by the writer, and places the “story” in the broader historical and conceptual framework necessary for understanding how Congress and its members function.
Demonstrates how politics affect national policymaking, and how the decisions of members of Congress and legislative aides have tremendous consequences for Americans.
Offers students a blend of information, personal insight, and keen rendering of the distinctive atmosphere of Congress.
Provides students with descriptions and examples that supplement quantitative data analysis.
Shows students how members of Congress balance the demands of constituents, lobbyists, congressional leaders, and their own consciences when making national policy.
Illustrates empirically supported generalizations from original research and academic literature using examples taken from the legislative process, so that students can make the connections between the theory and practice of politics.
Teaches students about private constituent meetings, speeches, committee hearings and markups, leadership strategy sessions, and the complex web of rules that govern legislative procedures on the floor of the House and the Senate.
Alerts students to recent changes on Capitol Hill, including dramatic shifts in Congressional membership, partisan control, structural and procedural arrangements, and policy agenda.
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