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What Do Congressional Staff Actually Know?

Kristina C. Miler

in Congress Overwhelmed: The Decline in Congressional Capacity and Prospects for Reform

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780226702438
eISBN:
9780226702605
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226702605.003.0006
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This chapter examines what congressional staff know about substantive policies and procedure in order to better understand Congress’s policymaking capacity. It argues that poorly informed staff ... More


The Future of the American Right: Evidence and Questions from the Bush Years

Joel D. Aberbach

in Crisis of Conservatism?: The Republican Party, the Conservative Movement, and American Politics After Bush

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199764013
eISBN:
9780199897186
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199764013.003.0003
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This chapter uses surveys of the general public and several governmental elite groups (political appointees from the Clinton and George W. Bush administrations, congressional staffers, and member of ... More


The Congressional Capacity Survey: Who Staff Are, How They Got There, What They Do, and Where They May Go

Alexander C. Furnas, Lee Drutman, Alexander Hertel-Fernandez, Timothy M. Lapira, and Kevin R. Kosar

in Congress Overwhelmed: The Decline in Congressional Capacity and Prospects for Reform

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780226702438
eISBN:
9780226702605
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226702605.003.0005
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

Congressional staff play many roles in supporting the work of the US Congress, from opening constituent mail to drafting laws to conducting oversight. They are an essential component of congressional ... More


Dodging Dead Cats: What Would It Take to Get Congress to Expand Capacity?

Anthony Madonna and Ian Ostrander

in Congress Overwhelmed: The Decline in Congressional Capacity and Prospects for Reform

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780226702438
eISBN:
9780226702605
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226702605.003.0017
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

The US Congress has expanded its own institutional capacity rarely and reluctantly due to the fear that it would be interpreted by the public as an expansion of member perks and benefits. This ... More


The Decline in Congressional Capacity

Molly E. Reynolds

in Congress Overwhelmed: The Decline in Congressional Capacity and Prospects for Reform

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780226702438
eISBN:
9780226702605
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226702605.003.0003
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This chapter provides an overview of the decline of a set of correlates of congressional capacity, or observable features of the institution that should be associated with its ability to function: ... More


Legislative Branch Support Agencies: What They Are, What They Do, and Their Uneasy Position in Our System of Government

Kevin R. Kosar

in Congress Overwhelmed: The Decline in Congressional Capacity and Prospects for Reform

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780226702438
eISBN:
9780226702605
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226702605.003.0008
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

Legislative branch support agencies have existed for more than a century, yet they remain remarkably little known to the public and are only occasionally studied by scholars. Here, the term ... More


Committees and legislatures

Philip Joyce

in Policy Analysis in the United States

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781447333821
eISBN:
9781447333944
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:
10.1332/policypress/9781447333821.003.0009
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

The United States Congress, despite its poor reputation for policymaking, has substantial analytical capacity. While congressional committees possess some of this capability, most of the expertise ... More


How Committee Staffers Clear the Runway for Legislative Action in Congress

Casey Burgat and Charles Hunt

in Congress Overwhelmed: The Decline in Congressional Capacity and Prospects for Reform

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780226702438
eISBN:
9780226702605
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226702605.003.0007
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

Even in an era when much of the policymaking in Congress is governed by partisanship and party leadership, congressional committees continue to be engines for legislative activity. It is therefore ... More


Congress Overwhelmed: The Decline in Congressional Capacity and Prospects for Reform

Timothy M. LaPira, Lee Drutman, and Kevin R. Kosar (eds)

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780226702438
eISBN:
9780226702605
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226702605.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

Congress is overwhelmed. It has become so overwhelmed its constitutional status as a co-equal branch of government is at serious risk. In this volume, leading congressional scholars explore the ... More


Capacity for What? Legislative Capacity Regimes in Congress and the Possibilities for Reform

Lee Drutman and Timothy M. Lapira

in Congress Overwhelmed: The Decline in Congressional Capacity and Prospects for Reform

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780226702438
eISBN:
9780226702605
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226702605.003.0002
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This chapter provides a new analytical framework to assess congressional capacity. The framework is based on two institutional tradeoffs: organizational structure (centralization vs. ... More


How Congress Fell Behind the Executive Branch

Philip A. Wallach

in Congress Overwhelmed: The Decline in Congressional Capacity and Prospects for Reform

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780226702438
eISBN:
9780226702605
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226702605.003.0004
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

How did America’s executive branch come to dwarf the legislative branch? This chapter surveys more than two centuries of American history to show how executive empowerment has primarily been driven ... More


Conclusion

Edward D. Berkowitz and Larry DeWitt

in The Other Welfare: Supplemental Security Income and U.S. Social Policy

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801451737
eISBN:
9780801467332
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801451737.003.0010
Subject:
Political Science, Public Policy

This concluding chapter argues that the creators of Supplemental Security Income (SSI)—a triumvirate of Nixon administration officials, Social Security Administration (SSA) employees, and ... More


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