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Committees in Congress

Committees in Congress

Third Edition

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236 pages | CQ Press
Providing a comprehensive examination of the origins, development, and status of committees and committee systems in both the House and Senate, this edition carries on the book's tradition of comprehensive coverage, empirical richness, and theoretical relevance in its discussion of these essential and distinguishing features of our national legislature. While the second edition focused on the &BAD:quot;post-reform&BAD:quot; committee systems, addressed the shifts in the internal distribution of power, and hinted at the forces that had already begun to undermine the power of committees, this edition updates that analysis and looks at the reforms that evolvied under the Republicans. It offers complete coverage of the rules and structural changes to the House and Senate committee systems. It extends its discussion of committee power and influence in the context of the &BAD:quot;Contract with America,&BAD:quot; Republican reforms, and the inter-party warfare on Capitol Hill.

Christopher J. Deering

Christopher J. Deering is professor of political science at George Washington University. He served as an APSA congressional fellow from 1984 to 1985 and is a former Brookings Institution research fellow. The author of numerous articles and contributed essays on congressional politics, he is the editor of Congressional Politics (1989). More About Author

Steven Stanley Smith

Steven S. Smith is professor of political science and director of the Weidenbaum Center at Washington University in St. Louis. He has taught at the University of Minnesota, Northwestern University, and George Washington University and has served as a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. His research interests include American politics, congressional politics, Russian politics, positive theories of politics, and theories of institutional development. He is author or coauthor of Politics or Principle: Filibustering in the United States (1997), Committees in Congress, 3rd edition (1997), The American Congress (2005), Call to Order:... More About Author

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