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Congress OverwhelmedThe Decline in Congressional Capacity and Prospects for Reform$
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Timothy M. LaPira, Lee Drutman, and Kevin R. Kosar

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780226702438

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226702605.001.0001

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Overwhelmed: An Introduction to Congress’s Capacity Problem

Overwhelmed: An Introduction to Congress’s Capacity Problem

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Congress Overwhelmed

Timothy M. Lapira

Lee Drutman

Kevin R. Kosar

University of Chicago Press

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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