The Broken Branch

- How Congress Is Failing America and How to Get It Back on Track

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The Broken Branch
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Bog, paperback
Udgivelsesdato:
04-09-2008
Sprog:
Engelsk
Sidetal:
320
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The Broken Branch offers both a brilliant diagnosis of the cause of Congressional decline and a much-needed blueprint for change, from two experts who understand politics and revere our institutions, but believe that Congress has become deeply dysfunctional. Mann and Ornstein, two of the nation's most renowned and judicious scholars of government and politics, bring to light the historical roots of Congress's current maladies, examining 40 years ofuninterrupted Democratic control of the House and the stunning midterm election victory of 1994 that propelled Republicans into the majority in both House and Senate. The byproduct of that long and grueling but ultimately successful Republican campaign, the authors reveal, was a weakened institution bitterly dividedbetween the parties. They highlight the dramatic shift in Congress from a highly decentralized, committee-based institution into a much more regimented one in which party increasingly trumps committee. The resultant changes in the policy process-the demise of regular order, the decline of deliberation, and the weakening of our system of checks and balances-have all compromised the role of Congress in the American Constitutional system. From tax cuts to the war against Saddam Hussein to aMedicare prescription drug benefit, the Legislative process has been bent to serve immediate presidential interests and have often resulted in poorly crafted and stealthily passed laws. Strong majority leadership in Congress, the authors conclude, led not to a vigorous exertion of congressionalauthority but to a general passivity in the face of executive power.

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Udgivelsesdato:
04-09-2008
ISBN13:
9780195368710
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245 g
Dybde:
18 mm
Bredde:
136 mm
Højde:
205 mm
Format:
Paperback
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    A vivid portrait of an institution that has fallen far from the aspirations of our Founding Fathers, The Broken Branch highlights the costs of a malfunctioning Congress to national policymaking, and outlines what must be done to repair the damage.PRIZES:Winner of Named one of the "Best Books of 2006" by Washington Post Book World.

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The Broken Branch

- How Congress Is Failing America and How to Get It Back on Track

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