The Woodrow Wilson Center Press
Congress and the People: Deliberative Democracy on Trial
This look at the United States Congress covers nearly every key moment in its evolution—from the constitutional convention and the debate over the Bill of Rights to the debates over war referendums and slavery petitions. Recent struggles, however, are the real focus, as the author tackles (among other things) the Watergate-era sunshine legislation and the surreal finale of the 105th Congress—including its pork barrel spending bill, the resignation of the speaker and the impeachment of the President.
What People are Saying
Introduction 1. Making a Constitution 2. The Bill of Rights: Madison Gets Religion 3. The Right to Petition: The Long Drive 4. Congress and the Progressive Era 5. The Initiative and Referendum Movement 6. National Referendum Proposals and the Isolationist Impulse 7. The Dawning of the Sunshine Seventies 8. A Window on Congress: Televising Floor Debates 9. The Revival of Direct Democracy Proposals 10. The Road to the Republican Revoluation 11. The Road to Governance: Revolution, Reform, and Reality 12. Coming Full Circle: The Complete Revolution? 13. Term Limits and the Scarlet Letter 14. The Electronic Congress 15. The Curtain Falls Twice on the House 16. The Future of Deliberative Democrac