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In the past thirty years, Congress has dramatically changed its response to unpopular deficit spending. While the landmark Congressional Budget Act of 1974 tried to increase congressional budgeting powers, new budget processes created in the 1980s and 1990s were all explicitly designed to weaken member, majority, and institutional budgeting prerogatives. These later reforms shared the premise that Congress cannot naturally forge balanced budgets without new automatic mechanisms and enhanced presidential oversight. So Democratic majorities in Congress gave new budgeting powers to Presidents Reagan and Bush, and then Republicans did the same for President Clinton.

Passing the Buck examines how Congress is increasing delegation of a wide variety of powers to the president in recent years. Jasmine Farrier assesses why institutional ambition in the early 1970s turned into institutional ambivalence about whether Congress is equipped to handle its constitutional duties.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
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  1. List of Tables
  2. pp. viii-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction: Congressional Delegation of Power—Now More than Ever
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. Part I: Delegation of Power and Representation
  2. pp. 9-10
  1. 1. Origins and Significance of Delegation of Power
  2. pp. 11-25
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  1. 2. Reforming the Reforms: A Brief History of Congressional Budgeting
  2. pp. 26-48
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  1. Part II: Institutional Self-Diagnosis and Budget Reform, 1974-1996
  2. pp. 49-50
  1. 3. 1974 Budget Act: Congress Takes Control
  2. pp. 51-81
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  1. 4. Congress Attacks Deficits (and Itself) with Gramm-Rudman-Hollings
  2. pp. 82-128
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  1. 5. Old Problems and New Tools of Self-Restraint: The Budget Enforcement Act of 1990
  2. pp. 129-164
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  1. 6. Stop Us Before We Spend Again: The Line-Item Veto Act of 1996
  2. pp. 165-214
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  1. Conclusion: Understanding Delegation of Power
  2. pp. 215-224
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 225-266
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 267-271
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 272-286
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813156743
Related ISBN
9780813123356
MARC Record
OCLC
644300558
Pages
296
Launched on MUSE
2016-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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