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The United States Congress, 1st Edition

  • E. Scott Adler
  • Jeffrey A. Jenkins
  • Charles R. Shipan
  • ISBN-10: 0393680193
  • ISBN-13: 9780393680195
  • 0 Pages | Paperback
  • COPYRIGHT: 2019 Published
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About the Product

An accessible approach to a modern Congress course

Drawing on their extensive teaching experience, Scott Adler, Jeff Jenkins, and Chuck Shipan bring current political science into the classroom in an engaging, accessible way. Driven by vivid examples and clear writing, this comprehensive book teaches students to critically analyze Congress’s role as a representative and governing body. It examines Congress' key rules, structures, and procedures and its dynamic interactions with other institutions.


  • A CONTEMPORARY PERSPECTIVE The authors draw on their own extensive contributions to the field and their intimate knowledge of today’s important research. They apply contemporary political science to the big questions about Congress. This contemporary research provides the foundation of the text. But it is most evident in the “How We Study Congress” sections. The authors don’t just explain how Congress really works; they show how we know what we know.

  • COMPREHENSIVE COVERAGE OF HOW TODAY’S CONGRESS REALLY WORKS Rich coverage of nuts and bolts, history, and contemporary research is all connected by unifying themes. This text provides everything students need in order to understand how the institution operates within the contemporary American political system.

  • CAREFULLY VETTED AND ENTHUSIASTICALLY ENDORSED BY EXPERTS To ensure the accuracy, currency, and accessibility of their text, the authors have commissioned feedback from dozens of experts in the field. These reviewers resoundingly endorsed Adler, Jenkins, and Shipan’s approach, and 90% said they are likely to assign The United States Congress.

  • HELPFUL TEACHING RESOURCES MAKE SWITCHING EASY Norton makes it easy to adopt The U.S. Congress by providing high-quality supplements for assessment and presentation.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Congress: Governing and Representation in a Separated System
Chapter 2: The Historical Development of Congress
Chapter 3: Representation
Chapter 4: Elections
Chapter 5: Committees
Chapter 6: Parties
Chapter 7: Policy Making
Chapter 8: Legislative Effectiveness
Chapter 9: Congress and the President
Chapter 10: Congress and the Bureaucracy
Chapter 11: Congress and the Courts
Chapter 12: Congress and Interest Groups