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Congress and Its Members

Congress and Its Members

Nineteenth Edition

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September 2023 | 656 pages | CQ Press
Congress and Its Members has been the gold standard for Congress courses for thirty years. Now in its 19th edition, the book offers comprehensive coverage of the U.S. Congress and the legislative process by examining the tension between Congress as a lawmaking institution and as a collection of politicians constantly seeking re-election. The 19th Edition covers the outcomes of the 2022 election and subsequent changes in in congressional organization and leadership, including the protracted battle for the House speakership. The book’s election coverage details regional shifts in party strength, voting behavior, the use of digital media in congressional elections, and state-level efforts to expand and restrict voting access. Up-to-date information on the diversity of the new Congress in terms of race, ethnicity, gender, and professional background is provided. The politics and outcomes of the 2022 primary elections are covered, as well.
Always balancing great scholarship with currency, the book features lively case material along with relevant data, charts, maps, and photos.
Part I • In Search of the Two Congresses
Chapter 1 • The Two Congresses
Chapter 2 • Evolution of the Modern Congress
Part II • A Congress of Ambassadors
Chapter 3 • Going for It: Recruitment and Candidacy
Chapter 4 • Making It: The Electoral Game
Chapter 5 • Being There: Hill Styles and Home Styles
Part III • A Deliberative Assembly of One Nation
Chapter 6 • Leaders and Parties in Congress
Chapter 7 • Committees: Workshops of Congress
Chapter 8 • Congressional Rules and Procedures
Chapter 9 • Decision Making in Congress
Part IV • Policy Making and Change in the Two Congresses
Chapter 10 • Congress and the President
Chapter 11 • Congress and the Bureaucracy
Chapter 12 • Congress and the Courts
Chapter 13 • Congress and Organized Interests
Chapter 14 • Congress, Budgets, and Domestic Policy Making
Chapter 15 • Congress and National Security Policies
Part V • Conclusion
Chapter 16 • The Two Congresses and the American People
Appendix A: Party Control: Presidency, Senate, House, 1901–2023
Appendix B: Internships: Getting Experience on Capitol Hill
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