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Congress: The First Branch

Benjamin Ginsberg and Kathryn Wagner Hill


This accessible overview of the US Congress's past and present, introduces students to the country's most democratic institution. The book surveys Congressional elections, the internal structure of Congress, the legislative process, Congress and the president, and Congress and the courts. It offers a fresh approach to the First Branch grounded in a historical, positive frame. The book argues that many of the characteristics of Congress with which Americans are so impatient stem directly from the institution's democratic nature. It is slow to act, cumbersome in its procedures, and contentious i ... More

Keywords: US Congress, democratic institution, Congressional elections, legislative process, US President

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780300220537
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300220537.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Benjamin Ginsberg, author
Johns Hopkins University

Kathryn Wagner Hill, author
Johns Hopkins University