Public Evaluations of Congress

John D. Griffin

in The Oxford Handbook of the American Congress

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199559947
Published online May 2011 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of American Politics

 Public Evaluations of Congress

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This article discusses public evaluations and public approval of Congress's operations. The article discusses how evaluations of Congress as an institution and individual members of Congress have evolved over time. It also compares the ordinary American's approval of Congress and their approval of the other national governmental institutions in order to evaluate the degree to which congressional approval is unique and distinct. After comparing the public approval of Congress with other national governmental institutions, the article also compares people's evaluations of Congress with evaluations of other legislatures in America and in other countries. It also discusses the consequences of congressional evaluations for political elites and ordinary citizens. The article concludes with a discussion on several potential reforms that may affect congressional approval.

Keywords: public evaluations; public approval; Congress; evaluations of Congress; congressional evaluations; congressional approval; reforms

Article.  5581 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; US Politics ; Comparative Politics

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