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- SAGE India 2007; US$ 35.95
This book argues that communication an exchange of symbols is the essence of society and that this exchange is the foundation on which the human collective is based. It explores how the collective sense of the self is defined either with reference to, or in defiance of, dominant existing traditions. The various essays highlight the links... more...
- Taylor and Francis 2010; US$ 38.50
The U.S. House of Representatives has been frozen at 435 members for almost a century, and in that time the nation?s population has grown by more than 200 percent. With the number of citizens represented by each House member now dramatically larger, is a major consequence of this historical disparity a diminished quality of representation? Brian... more...
- University of Chicago Press 2010; US$ 24.00
In the modern Congress, one of the highest hurdles for major bills or nominations is gaining the sixty votes necessary to shut off a filibuster in the Senate. But this wasn’t always the case. Both citizens and scholars tend to think of the legislative process as a game played by the rules in which votes are the critical commodity—the... more...
- University of Chicago Press 2008; US$ 15.00
The Anti-Federalists, in Herbert J. Storing's view, are somewhat paradoxically entitled to be counted among the Founding Fathers and to share in the honor and study devoted to the founding. "If the foundations of the American polity was laid by the Federalists," he writes, "the Anti-Federalist reservations echo through American history; and it is... more...
- ABC-CLIO 2010; US$ 45.00
Each year, thousands of Americans and international tourists visit the Capitol building in Washington, DC. These visitors view the activity on the House and Senate floor from the galleries and see pages darting back and forth, but what are they doing and why are teenagers working in the Capitol building? more...
- University of Chicago Press 2013; US$ 30.00
In the run-up to the 2012 presidential election, Democrats and Republicans were locked in a fierce battle for the female vote. Democrats charged Republicans with waging a “war on women,” while Republicans countered that Democratic policies actually undermined women’s rights. The women of the Senate wielded particular power, planning... more...
- Oxford University Press, USA 2013; US$ 21.99
The United States Senate has fallen on hard times. Once known as the greatest deliberative body in the world, it now has a reputation as a partisan, dysfunctional chamber. What happened to the house that forged American history's great compromises? In this groundbreaking work, a distinguished journalist and an eminent historian provide an insider's... more...
- Taylor and Francis 2012; US$ 44.95
Barnett shows how political environments can produce legislators who place a premium on their policy-making goals through a nuanced exploration of factors undergirding member perceptions, policy ambitions, class cohesion, and legislative learning. more...
- Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 47.95
While more than a million e-mails clog the inboxes of Congress each day, some legislators can't even find their own websites without the help of their staffers. In fact, laptops aren't even allowed on the floor of the House or Senate. But, as Dennis W. Johnson demonstrates in Congress Online, there are some savvy legislators who are taking advantage... more...