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The First Branch--Companion Readings

Benjamin Ginsberg (Editor), Kathryn Wagner Hill (Editor)


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A reader to accompany Ginsberg and Wagner Hill's Congress: The First Branch

This reader offers an examination of such topics as congressional elections, the internal structure of Congress, the legislative process, Congress and the president, and Congress and the courts. It is designed to accompany the course text Congress: The First Branch, which introduces Congress as America’s most democratic institution. Based more on the history of the branch than on its modern applications, this volume is essential for students utilizing the main text and studying Congress at large.

Praise For Congress: The First Branch--Companion Readings

"This is an excellent supplemental reader, appropriate for current developments in Congress as well as Congressional electioneering."—John Grummel, Upper Iowa University

"A unique combination of classic sources, historical analyses, modern empirical studies, as well as first-hand accounts of the contemporary Congress in action, this collection is comprehensive, authoritative, and eminently readable."—Douglas B. Harris, Loyola University Maryland

“A unique perspective of how Congress operates in the twenty-first century. Readers will be introduced to a wide range of perspectives on legislative politics in the U.S. Congress.”—Jamie Carson, University of Georgia

Yale University Press, 9780300220636, 272pp.

Publication Date: July 21, 2020

About the Author

Benjamin Ginsberg is the David Bernstein Professor of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University and chair of the Hopkins Center for Advanced Governmental Studies. Kathryn Wagner Hill is director of the Center for Advanced Governmental Studies at Johns Hopkins.