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Congressional Ambivalence: The Political Burdens of Constitutional Authority

Jasmine Farrier

Abstract

Is the United States Congress dead, alive, or trapped in a moribund cycle? When confronted with controversial policy issues, members of Congress struggle to satisfy conflicting legislative, representative, and oversight duties. These competing goals, along with the pressure to satisfy local constituents, cause members of Congress to routinely cede power on a variety of policies, express regret over their loss of control, and later return to the habit of delegating their power. This pattern of institutional ambivalence undermines conventional wisdom about congressional party resurgence, the pow ... More

Keywords: United States Congress, Congress, committee reports, Congressional Record, power, bills, ambivalence, obstruction, base-closing commissions, legislative process

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780813192628
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813192628.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jasmine Farrier, author