The New Congress (Book Review)

September 1982
Education;Fall82, Vol. 103 Issue 1, p55
Book Review
The New Congress. Thomas E. Mann, and Norman J. Ornstein, Editors. American Enterprise Institute, Washington, D.C. 1981. 400 pp. Eleven scholars examine the changes that have taken place within the Congress and its environment over the last several decades, and the consequence of those changes for the policy process. The authors acknowledge the decentralizing and individualizing trends that critics, of the contemporary Congress stress, but most of them also see signs of vitality and adaptiveness in a complex and changing environment. Despite its unflattering image . . . Congress in the past two decades has become perhaps the most radically altered of all our major governmental institutions. Changes have permeated almost every nook and cranny on Capitol Hill. The change is toward a multi-stage, multi-layered process.


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