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  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $57.00
  • Forthcoming: February 2019
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-68019-5
  • 576 pages
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E. Scott Adler (Author, University of Colorado—Boulder), Jeffery A. Jenkins (Author, University of Southern California), Charles R. Shipan (Author, University of Michigan)


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.

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    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