Synopses & Reviews
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 reader-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. These detailed case studies offer a dynamic view of Congress and show how members of Congress balance the demands of constituents, lobbyists, congressional leaders, protesters, and their own consciences when making national policy. Coverage of a wide variety of congressional processes discusses 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. For anyone interested in national politics, insights from key players in the political system, and a cutting edge perspective of Congress.
An insider account of how Congress works, this work contains insightful first person reminiscences, from former congressional fellows and staffers, about the ins and outs of everyday life on Capitol Hill. Each essay focuses on an aspect of congressional controversy experienced by the writer.
About the Author
COLTON C. CAMPBELL
is associate professor of political science at Florida International University. He is author of Discharging Congress: Government by Commission, coauthor of Impeaching Clinton: Partisan Strife on Capitol Hill, and coeditor of numerous books, most recently Congress and the Internet. He served as an APSA congressional fellow in the office of Senator Bob Graham (D-Fla.).
PAUL S. HERRNSON is director of the Center for American Politics and Citizenship and professor of government and politics at the University of Maryland. He is author of Congressional Elections: Campaigning at Home and in Washington and Party Campaigning in the 1980s, as well as editor and coeditor of numerous books, including Playing Hardball: Campaigning for the U.S. Congress; After the Revolution: PACs, Lobbies, and the Republican Congress; and Responsible Partisanship? The Evolution of American Political Parties since 1950. He served as an APSA Steiger congressional fellow in the office of Representative David E. Price (D-N.C.).
Table of Contents
Introduction: Government Is Not Physics and Congress Is Not a Supercomputer, Colton C. Campbell and Paul S. Herrnson.
1. Speaker Foley and the War against Term Limits, Jeffrey Biggs.
2. The Race for Majority Leader, Nicol C. Rae.
3. Crafting a Partisan Agenda, Paul S. Herrnson and Kelly D. Patterson.
4. Unorthodox and Unusual Lawmaking: Juvenile Justice Bills after Columbine, David S. Leal.
5. A Difficult Habit to Kick: The Defeat of the Universal Tobacco Settlement Act, Christopher Bailey.
6. Seeking to Institutionalize a Partisan Electoral Advantage: The Battle over the Census, Thomas Brunell.
7. Lessons from the Battlefield, Paul S. Herrnson and Colton C. Campbell.