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The Imprint of Congress

David R. Mayhew


What kind of job has America's routinely disparaged legislative body actually done? This book provides an insightful historical analysis of the U.S. Congress's performance from the late eighteenth century to today, exploring what its lasting imprint has been on American politics and society. The book offers a unique perspective on the evaluation of the American constitutional system. It suggests that Congress has balanced the presidency in a surprising variety of ways, and in doing so, it has contributed to the legitimacy of a governing system faced by an often fractious public. The book will ... More

Keywords: Congress, American politics, American society, American Constitution, constitutional system, presidency, American policy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780300215700
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300215700.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David R. Mayhew, author
Yale University