Vital Statistics on Congress 2008

Vital Statistics on Congress 2008

Norman J. Ornstein
Thomas E. Mann
Michael J. Malbin
Copyright Date: 2008
Pages: 193
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    Vital Statistics on Congress 2008
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    Vital Statistics on Congressremains the quintessential source of authoritative information on America's legislature. This important series tracks the elements that define and describe Congress in the post-World War II era, and in this new edition, three of America's most esteemed political analysts extend their examination through the 109th Congress. They combine historical context with insightful analysis and copious data to produce a valuable and authoritative picture of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Norman Ornstein, Thomas Mann, and Michael Malbin track the changing makeup of Congress through history and across several dimensions, such as region, party, occupation, religion, committee assignments, staff size, and political stances. They document trends in critical areas such as voter turnout, ticket splitting, incumbency and turnover, and margin of victory. The authors, acknowledged experts in campaign finance, provide detailed information on candidate, party, and PAC spending. The material presented in lStatistics on Congress 2008 rev reveals a fascinating and important picture of America's chosen representatives, as politicians and as people. It will be an important addition to the bookshelves of media, political professionals, scholars and their students, and political junkies everywhere.

    eISBN: 978-0-8157-0170-5
    Subjects: Political Science

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  3. List of Figures and Tables
    (pp. vii-xii)
  4. Preface
    (pp. xiii-xiv)
  5. Introduction
    (pp. 1-24)

    Congress is, and always has been, a curious mix of continuity and change. Some things about Congress have changed very little over more than two centuries. Consider the observation of Thomas Jefferson in his autobiography in 1820: “If the present Congress err in too much talking, how can it be otherwise, in a body to which the people send 150 lawyers, whose trade is to question everything, yield nothing, and talk by the hour?”¹

    Change the number of lawyers from 150 to its present 221 (162 of them in the House) and the number of members of the body (from...

  6. 1 Members of Congress
    (pp. 25-50)
  7. 2 Elections
    (pp. 51-72)
  8. 3 Campaign Finance
    (pp. 73-100)
  9. 4 Committees
    (pp. 101-108)
  10. 5 Congressional Staff and Operating Expenses
    (pp. 109-122)
  11. 6 Workload
    (pp. 123-132)
  12. 7 Budgeting
    (pp. 133-142)
  13. 8 Voting Alignments
    (pp. 143-164)
  14. Appendix
    (pp. 165-188)
  15. Index
    (pp. 189-194)