Contributors to this remarkable volume on the development and
current status of the United States Congress use perspec-tives from
history and comparative politics to study congres-sional law
making, congressional debate, public support, the absence of
leaders in congress, congressional oversight of ad-ministration,
congress and public finance, and corruption. The Essays are based
on the Thomas P. O'Neill, Jr., Symposium on the U.S. Congress held
at Boston College in 1981.
The United States Congress gives us a portrait of the national
legislature at a critical moment in its history, and seeks to
pro-vide timely answers to fundamental questions: What is
deliber-ation and how can Congress become a more deliberative
in-stitution? How have congressional elections changed? Has the
relationship between voters and congressmen gone sour? Can Congress
write a budget, direct the federal bureaucracy, or de-vise a
sensible foreign policy? How has the nature of leadership within
the Congress changed in recent years? And, above all, what is the
Congress of the United States supposed to be and to do?
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