Working Congress : A Guide for Senators, Representatives, and Citizens
By: Mann, Robert.Material type: TextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Media and Public Affairs: Publisher: Baton Rouge : LSU Press, 2014Description: 1 online resource (129 p.).ISBN: 9780807157381.Subject(s): Courtesy -- United States | Partisanship | Political culture -- United States | Right and left (Political science) -- United States | United States. CongressGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Working Congress : A Guide for Senators, Representatives, and CitizensDDC classification: 328.73 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Cover; Contents; Introduction; 1. What's the Problem with Congress?; 2. The Ascent of Bipartisanship to the Congressional Reform Agenda; 3. The Challenge of Bipartisanship A Historical Perspective; 4. Congress and Electoral Reform in the Early Twenty-First Century; 5. Can't We All Just Get Along? Civility and Bipartisanship in Congress; 6. Is Persuasion a Lost Art? How Members of Congress Can Stop Shouting and Start Persuading; Contributors
In 1964, as the polarizing Civil Rights Act made its way through the House and Senate, and Congress navigated one of the most tumultuous eras in American history, a Harris Poll put the institution's approval rating at 60 percent. Why then, fifty years later, has the public's approval of Congress eroded to an all-time low of 10 percent? Working Congress: A Guide for Senators, Representatives, and Citizens seeks to isolate the reasons for Congress's staggering decline in public opinion, and to propose remedies to reverse the grave dysfunction in America's most important political institution.Aided by the input of retired members of Congress from both major parties, editor Robert Mann and his fellow contributors identify paralyzing partisan rancor as perhaps the most significant reason for the American public's declining support of its main representative body. The lack of mutual trust within Congress reflects (and creates) the suspicion and animosity of the great majority of Americans. Working Congress argues that members of Congress must find a path to cooperation if they are to function as the representative institution the Founders intended.Trenchant chapters by Mickey Edwards, Ross K. Baker, Frances E. Lee, Brian L. Fife, Susan Herbst, and Mark Kennedy analyze the problems and challenges facing Congress and suggest solutions to counteract partisan gridlock. Though these scholars and former members share a conviction that men and women of good will can and should work together, they do not assume that their solutions will herald a bipartisan utopia. Instead, they recognize that Congress is, and will always be, a work in progress.
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