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Congress occupies a central place in the U.S. political system. Its reach into American society is vast and deep. Over time, the issues it has confronted have increased in both quantity and complexity. At the beginning, Congress dealt with a handful of matters, whereas today it has its hands in every imaginable aspect of life. It has attempted to meet these challenges and has changed throughout the course of its history, prodded by factors both external and internal to the institution. The essays in this volume argue therefore that as society changed throughout the twentieth century, Congress responded to those changes. Contributors include: George E. Connor, Bruce I. Oppenheimer, James E. Campbell, Steve J. Jurek , Susan Webb Hammond , Barbara Sinclair , Sarah A. Binder , Christopher J. Deering , Patricia A. Hurley , John R. Hibbing , Karen S. Hoffmam , Michael L. Mezey , Burdett A. Loomis

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Series Editor's Foreword
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. 1. Congress in the Twentieth Century
  2. Sunil Ahuja, Robert Dewhirst
  3. pp. 1-18
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  1. Part I. Congress and Its Members
  1. 2. From Concept to Context: Representation in the Twentieth Century
  2. George E. Connor, Bruce I. Oppenheimer
  3. pp. 21-42
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  1. 3. The Decline of Competition and Change in Congressional Elections
  2. James E. Campbell, Steve J. Jurek
  3. pp. 43-72
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  1. 4. Life and Work on the Hill: Careers, Norms, Staff, and Informal Caucuses
  2. Susan Webb Hammond
  3. pp. 73-94
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  1. Part II. Congress as an Institution
  1. 5. Full Circle? Congressional Party Leadership during the Twentieth Century
  2. Barbara Sinclair
  3. pp. 97-116
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  1. 6. Sticky Rules: Procedural Change in the Twentieth-Century Congress
  2. Sarah A. Binder
  3. pp. 117-136
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  1. 7. Ebb and Flow in Twentieth-Century Committee Power
  2. Christopher J. Deering
  3. pp. 137-156
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  1. 8. The Decline and Rise of Congressional Parties in the Twentieth Century
  2. Patricia A. Hurley
  3. pp. 157-184
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  1. 9. The Changing Context of the Yeas and Nays in Congress
  2. John R. Hibbing
  3. pp. 185-202
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  1. Part III. Congress and Other Institutions
  1. 10. The Congress and the President in the Twentieth Century
  2. Karen S. Hoffman, Michael L.Mezey
  3. pp. 205-224
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  1. 11. The Essential Bond: Congress and Interest Groups in the Twentieth Century
  2. Burdett A. Loomis
  3. pp. 225-246
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  1. 12. Congress at Century's End
  2. Sunil Ahuja, Robert Dewhirst
  3. pp. 247-256
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. 257-260
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 261-266
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  1. Other Titles in the Series
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