The U.S. Congress: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | July 21, 2016

byDonald A. Ritchie

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In the second edition of The U.S. Congress, Donald A. Ritchie, a congressional historian for more than thirty years, takes readers on a fascinating, behind-the-scenes tour of Capitol Hill, pointing out the key players, explaining their behavior, and translating parliamentary language intoplain English. No mere civics lesson, this eye-opening book provides an insider's perspective on Congress, matched with a professional historian's analytical insight. After a swift survey of the creation of Congress by the constitutional convention, he begins to unscrew the nuts and pull out thebolts. What is it like to campaign for Congress? To attract large donors? To enter either house with no seniority? He answers these questions and more, explaining committee assignments and committee work, the role of staffers and lobbyists, floor proceedings, parliamentary rules, and coalitionbuilding. Ritchie explores the great effort put into constituent service - as representatives and senators respond to requests from groups and individuals - as well as media relations and news coverage. He also explores how the grand concepts we all know from civics class - checks and balances, advise andconsent, congressional oversight - work in practice in an age of strong presidents and a muscular Senate minority.

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In the second edition of The U.S. Congress, Donald A. Ritchie, a congressional historian for more than thirty years, takes readers on a fascinating, behind-the-scenes tour of Capitol Hill, pointing out the key players, explaining their behavior, and translating parliamentary language intoplain English. No mere civics lesson, this eye-o...

Donald A. Ritchie is Historian Emeritus of the U.S. Senate. He worked for the Senate Historical Office for thirty years, where he conducted an oral history program and did historical editing, such as the previously closed hearings of Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy. A former president of the Oral History Association, he has also been a member ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:152 pages, 6.88 × 4.38 × 0.68 inPublished:July 21, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019028014X

ISBN - 13:9780190280147

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Table of Contents

Preface1. The great compromise2. Campaigns and constituents3. In committee4. On the floor5. Checks and balances6. The Capitol complexFurther readingIndex