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Overwhelmed: An Introduction to Congress’s Capacity Problem

Overwhelmed: An Introduction to Congress’s Capacity Problem

Chapter:
(p.1) 1 Overwhelmed: An Introduction to Congress’s Capacity Problem
Source:
Congress Overwhelmed
Author(s):
Timothy M. LapiraLee DrutmanKevin R. Kosar
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226702605.003.0001

In this introduction, the volume editors introduce the framework of the book as a whole and the arguments of the leading scholars they've gather together for this project. They begin to make the case that Congress is overwhelmed, define "congressional capacity", lay the groundwork for why Congress as a whole is overwhelmed in its current state, and expound on the objective of this collection to understand the causes and consequences of the changes in legislative capacity as they have coincided with other macro-level forces in American politics.

Keywords:   congressional capacity, Congress, congressional reform

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