Congressional Government: A Study in American Politics

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Houghton, Mifflin, 1885 - Executive power - 333 pages
"Woodrow Wilson saw congressional government as "Committee" government. It is administered by semi-independent executive agents who obey the dictates of a legislature, though the agents themselves are not of ultimate authority or accountability. Written by Wilson when he was tweenty-eight-year-old graduate student, this book examinates the American legistlative branches, especially in light of the fact that Wilson had not yet even visted Congress at the time of its composition. Wilson divides Congressional Government into six parts. In part one, his introductory statement, Wilson analyzes the need for a federal Constitution and asks whether or not it is still a document that should be unquestioningly venerated. In part two, Wilson describes the make-up and functions of the House of Representatives in painstaking detail. Part three is concerned with taxation financial administration by the government and its resulting economic repercussions. Part four is an explanation of the Senate's role in the legislative process. The electoral system and responsibilities of the president are the central concerns of part five. And Wilson concludes, in part six, with a both philosophical and practical summarization of the congressional form of the United STates government, in which he also compares it to European modes of state governance."--From Barnes & Noble description of ebook.

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