in The People's Agents and the Battle to Protect the American Public

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780226772028
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226772042 | DOI:

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This chapter begins with a brief history of the roots of contemporary partisanship. It discusses the changes in the rules documented by Ornstein and Mann, updating their statistics to include the 110th Congress, which was led by Democrats. A case study involving the Superfund toxic waste cleanup program is used to illustrate why congressional gridlock is so harmful to the protection of human health and the environment.

Keywords: partisanship; Ornstein; Mann; 110th Congress; Superfund toxic waste cleanup; human health; environment; congressional gridlock

Chapter.  10062 words. 

Subjects: Environment and Energy Law

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