Is Congress broken? : the virtues and defects of partisanship and gridlock / William F. Connelly Jr., John J. Pitney Jr., Gary J. Schmitt, editors.

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Virtues and defects of partisanship and gridlock
Washington, D.C. : Brookings Institution Press, [2017]
vi, 257 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
United States. Congress
United States. Congress
Representative government and representation -- United States.
Political leadership -- United States.
Political culture -- United States.
United States -- Politics and government -- 21st century.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Government -- Legislative Branch.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Political Process -- General.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Public Affairs & Administration.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Political Ideologies -- Democracy.
Political culture.
Political leadership.
Politics and government.
Representative government and representation.
United States
"Making Congress Work, Again, Within the Constitutional System Congress for many years has ranked low in public esteem-joining journalists, bankers, and union leaders at the bottom of polls. And in recent years there's been good reason for the public disregard, with the rise of hyper-partisanship and the increasing inability of Congress to carry out its required duties, such as passing spending bills on time and conducting responsible oversight of the executive branch. Congress seems so dysfunctional that many observers have all but thrown up their hands in despair, suggesting that an apparently broken U.S. political system might need to be replaced. Now, some of the country's foremost experts on Congress are reminding us that tough hyper-partisan conflict always has been a hallmark of the constitutional system. Going back to the nation's early decades, Congress has experienced periods of division and turmoil. But even in those periods Congress has been able to engage in serious deliberation, prevent ill-considered proposals from becoming law-and, over time, help develop a deeper, more lasting national consensus. The ten chapters in this volume focus on how Congress in the twenty-first century can once again fulfill its proper functions of representation, deliberation, legislation, and oversight. The authors offer a series of practical reforms that would maintain, rather than replace, the constitutional separation of powers that has served the nation well for more than 200 years"-- Provided by publisher.
Introduction / William F. Connelly Jr., John J. Pitney Jr., and Gary J. Schmitt
Two pathways for congressional reform / Daniel Stid
Congressional representation and contemporary critiques / Andrew E. Busch
Return to deliberation? : politics and lawmaking in committee and on the floor / Daniel J. Palazzolo
Changing House rules : from level playing field to partisan tilt / Donald R. Wolfensberger
Reclaiming institutional relevance through congressional oversight / Melanie M. Marlowe
The other end of Pennsylvania Avenue / Gary J. Schmitt and Rebecca Burgess
The Constitution and congressional leadership / Kathryn Pearson
Ending the omnibus : restoring regular order in congressional appropriations / Peter C. Hanson
Political realism : how hacks, machines, big money, and back-room deals can strengthen American democracy / Jonathan Rauch
A return to Madisonian republicanism : strengthening the nation's most representative institution / William F. Connelly Jr. and John J. Pitney Jr.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Connelly, William F., 1951- editor.
Pitney, John J., Jr., 1955- editor.
Schmitt, Gary James, 1952- editor.
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