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Assessing the US Congress

Ross M. English

in The United States Congress

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print April 2003 | ISBN: 9780719063084
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700228 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719063084.003.0009
Assessing the US Congress

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This chapter addresses the question of whether Congress ‘works’. It considers the challenges faced by the modern Congress and introduces the term gridlock, which refers to an inability by the President and/or Congress to enact new legislation. The chapter then studies the inability of Congress to pass a coherent policy programme based on the interests of the national good.

Keywords: modern Congress; gridlock; coherent policy programme; new legislation; national good

Chapter.  2686 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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