Subject: Political Science / American Government / Legislative Branch

Subject: Political Science / American Government / Legislative Branch

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Congress Oversees the Bureaucracy

|9780822984542|Congressional supervision of the way the executive implements legislative mandates-“oversight” of the bureaucracy-is one of the most complex and least understood functions of Congress. In this book, Morris Ogul clarifies the meaning of oversight and analyzes the elements that contribute to its success or neglect. Ogul's work is based on case studies from nearly one hundred interviews with congressmen, committee staff members, lobbyists, and members of the executive branch., as well as an examination of relevant congressional documents.| Morris S. Ogul|| Political Science / American Government / Legislative Branch Political Science / General

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Homeward Bound

|9780822984993|Explaining Changes in Congressional Behavior|Richard Fenno first coined the term home style to describe the ways in which members of Congress cultivate the voters of their home constituencies. He suggested that incumbents were paying more attention to their constituents than they had in the past. In this book, Glenn Parker examines the relationship between activities at home and in Washington, asking specifically: Why and when did congressmen and senators begin to pay more attention to their constituents? And what are the institutional consequences of this change?Using data drawn from the travel vouchers filed by incumbent senators and congressmen between 1959…

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The Political Failure of Employment Policy, 1945–1982

|9780822954743|This political history analyzes the failure of the United States to adopt viable employment policies, follows U.S. manpower training and employment policy from the 1946 Employment Act to the Job Training Partnership Act of 1982. Between these two landmarks of legislation in the War on Poverty, were attempts to create public service employment (PSE), the abortive Humphrey-Hawkins Act, and the beleaguered Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA).Mucciaroni's traces the impact of economic ideas and opinions on federal employment policy. Efforts at reform, he believes, are frustrated by the tension between economic liberty and social equality that restricts the role of…

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The Speaker and the Budget

|9780822985433|Leadership in the Post-Reform House of Representatives|One of the most important changes in Congress in decades were the extensive congressional reforms of the 1970s, which moved the congressional budget process into the focus of congressional policy making and shifted decision making away from committees. This overwhelming attention to the federal budget allowed party leaders to emerge as central decision makers. Palazzolo traces the changing nature of the Speaker of the House's role in the congressional budget process from the passage of the Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974, through the 100th Congress in 1988. As the deficit grew and…

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Dead Laws for Dead Men

|9780822985471|The Politics of Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Legislation|his account of the struggle for coal mine health and safety legislation in the U.S. examines the series of laws that steadily expanded the role of the federal government from the late 1800s through the 1980s. Curran concludes that federal legislation has done little to improve change conditions in the coal mines.| Daniel J. Curran|| Business & Economics / Industries / Energy Political Science / American Government / Legislative Branch Political Science / General

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