The American legislative process : Congress and the states

Keefe, William J

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  • Creator William J. Keefe, Morris S. Ogul
  • Format Books
  • Contributors
  • Publication Tenth edition. Upper Saddle River, N.J. : Prentice Hall, [2001] ©2001
  • Physical Details
    • xii, 532 pages ; 24 cm
  • ISBNs 0130877034, 9780130877031
  • OCLC ocm43569324

Summary

  • This book describes and analyzes the American legislative process using a wide variety of perspectives and sources to encompass legal, behavioral, normative, and historical dimensions. Its current content reflects evolving legislatures and the latest literature on the legislative process.

Notes

  • Includes bibliographical references and index.

Contents

  • Using the Internet to Study the Legislative Process xi -- Part I Legislatures and Legislators in the Political System -- 1 The Legislative Task 1 -- Discontent over the Legislature 3 -- The Functions of the Legislature 21 -- A Bill Becomes a Law 45 -- 2 Legislative Structures and Powers 53 -- The Constitutional Status of the American Legislature 54 -- Organizing the Legislature 61 -- Presiding Officers 63 -- Rules of Procedure 65 -- The Legislative Body: Size, Terms of Members, and Sessions 66 -- Bicameralism 72 -- Structure, Powers, and Policy 73 -- 3 Representation and Apportionment 76 -- Representatives and Represented 77 -- The Representative System 84 -- The Malapportionment Issue 88 -- The Struggle for Equitable Apportionment 92 -- 4 Legislators and the Electoral Process 110 -- Recruitment of Legislators The Nominating Process 114 -- Congressional and Legislative Elections 117 -- Financing Congressional Campaigns 134 -- Elections and the Legislature 143 -- 5 The Legislators 155 -- Social and Occupational Backgrounds of American Legislators Legislative Experience: Tenure and Turnover 163 -- Pay and Perquisites 167 -- Privileges and Immunities 170 -- Legislators' Adaptation to the Legislature Legislators and Legislative Norms 175 -- Legislator and Legislature 182 -- Part II The Legislative Structure for Decision Making -- 6 The Committee System 190 -- The Role of Committees 191 -- The Representativeness of Committees 195 -- Kinds of Committees 197 -- Committee Jurisdiction 206 -- Committee Members and Committee Chairs 208 -- Committee Staffs 218 -- 7 Committees at Work 229 -- Committee Hearings 230 -- Investigating Committees 239 -- Committee Sessions 245 -- Committee Decisions 246 -- Committee Power 250 -- 8 Debate and Decision Making on the Floor 257 -- From Committee to Floor The Rules Committee of the House of Representatives 258 -- The Amending Process 268 -- Debate 271 -- Casting the Vote 283 -- The Multiple Points of Decision Making 286 -- Part III Legislatures, Parties, and Interests -- 9 Political Parties and the Legislative Process 291 -- Legislative Party Organization Party Influence on Legislation 311 -- Party Responsibility in Congress 331 -- 10 Interest Groups and the Legislative Process 344 -- Interest-Group Politics in America 345 -- The Lobbyists 347 -- Major Access Points in the Legislative Process 350 -- Special Techniques Used by Lobbies 352 -- Grass-Roots Lobbying 363 -- Pressures on the Parties 365 -- The Effectiveness of Interest-Group Tactics 366 -- Factors in the Effectiveness of Interest Groups 367 -- Legislator-Lobbyist Relations 370 -- Regulation of Lobbying 373 -- Interest Groups and Democratic Government 377 -- Part IV Interaction with the Executive and the Courts -- 11 The Chief Executive as Legislator 388 -- Societal Conditions and Executive Influence 389 -- The Legal Base for Executive Influence 390 -- Partisan Politics and Executive Influence 406 -- The Personal Dimension of Executive Leadership 408 -- The Effectiveness of Executive Influence: Overview 412 -- The Effectiveness of Executive Influence: The Problem of Measurement Conclusions and Tendencies 415 -- 12 Legislative Oversight of Bureaucracy 425 -- Politics, Policy, and Administration What Do Legislators Oversee, and How? 427 -- Legislative Oversight: Goals and Effectiveness 442 -- 13 Legislative-Judicial Relations 457 -- Courts and Legislatures: Comparison and Contrast The Courts: Personnel, Structure, Procedures 459 -- Legislatures, Courts, and the Separation of Powers 464 -- Legislatures, Courts, and Public Policy 466 -- Legislative Reaction to Court Decisions 472 -- Legislatures, Courts, and the Political Process 479 -- 14 The Legislative Process: Problems and Perspectives 487 -- Efforts to Reform the Legislature The Continuing Problems 498
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