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The Decline in Congressional Capacity

The Decline in Congressional Capacity

Chapter:
(p.34) 3 The Decline in Congressional Capacity
Source:
Congress Overwhelmed
Author(s):
Molly E. Reynolds
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226702605.003.0003

This chapter provides an overview of the decline of a set of correlates of congressional capacity, or observable features of the institution that should be associated with its ability to function: personnel, financial resources, and expertise and information. These correlates can and do take both partisan and non-partisan forms. Changes in these correlates have occurred concurrently with changes in the congressional workload that have also had consequences for the institution’s effectiveness.

Keywords:   congressional staff, legislative branch appropriations, congressional support agencies, Congressional Budget Office, congressional capacity, Congress

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