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One Nation Under SiegeCongress, Terrorism, and the Fate of American Democracy$
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Jocelyn J. Evans

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125886

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125886.001.0001

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The Social Meaning of Congressional Change

The Social Meaning of Congressional Change

Expressive, Behavioral, and Symbolic Elements of Institutional Reform

(p.179) 6 The Social Meaning of Congressional Change
One Nation Under Siege

Jocelyn Jones Evans

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter discusses the major conclusions of the text. By returning to the three lenses offered by Goodsell, it is revealed that the security threats introduced in 2001 led to substantial changes in the core structures and operations of Congress. These changes expressed the particular value structure and priorities of the governing majority, impacted the way the Hill conducts its daily operations, and symbolized a marked movement from an open and accessible Capitol Hill atmosphere to a new security-sensitive atmosphere.

Keywords:   Goodsell, security threats, changes, core structures, operations, Congress, Capitol Hill

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