Congressional Procedures and the Policy Process (Tenth Edition)

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This book reveals how the majority and minority parties use procedural devices to achieve their political goals and offers an assessment of the role of conference committees in reconciling bicameral differences. Not shying away from the complexity of the topic, Oleszek and new co-authors Mark Oleszek, Elizabeth Rybicki, and William Heniff ensure that the machinations of Congress are understandable through an array of interesting examples, topical cases, and anecdotes that they are well-positioned to witness and experience first-hand.

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Walter J. Oleszek is a senior specialist in the legislative process at the Congressional Research Service. He has served as either a full-time professional staff aide or consultant to every major House and Senate congressional reorganization effort beginning with passage of the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1970. In 1993 he served as Policy Director of the Joint Committee on the Organization of Congress. A longtime adjunct faculty member at American University, Oleszek is a frequent lecturer to various academic, governmental, and business groups. He is the author or co-author of several books, including Congressional Procedures and the Policy Process, 9th ed. (2014), and Congress under Fire: Reform Politics and the Republican Majority, with C. Lawrence Evans (1997).

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"Congressional Procedures and the Policy Process is well written, well researched and answers important questions about Congress in an accessible way. The strengths of the text clearly lie in the attention to congressional procedure. The text offers a detailed explanation of difficult concepts like filling the amendment tree and the budget and appropriation process. These sometimes highly technical concepts are explained in comprehensive yet clear terms and usually are accompanied by a visual aid of some sort. The graphics are especially important for the students. The explanation also includes plentiful examples and anecdotes from the process. These anecdotes are particularly illuminating when it comes to understanding how the rules and norms of the House and Senate are put into action by members." -- Jason D. Mycoff "Walter Oleszek's Congressional Procedures and the Policy Process is the gold standard of books on Congress, providing the ideal backbone to any course on Congress. The book is a must-read for Hill interns and new staff if they want to be effective in their jobs and make a difference. He who knows the rules, rules - and Walter Oleszek knows the rules. The book is fair and evenhanded in addressing controversies in Hill politics and among political scientists. A solid foundation for anyone seeking to understand Congress today. None better." -- William F. Connelly Jr. "Oleszek's book is wonderful! It works its way systematically through all the issues that need to be covered in a comprehensive study of Congress; it touches on much of the literature that we go on to read in full and thus shows how all the literature on Congress works together; it is utterly non-partisan (which is crucial); and it demonstrates a love of Congress and a respect for how the institution has developed over time. Oleszek gives enough history, enough current events, and enough theory for the students to see how all things congressional hang together. This book is the centerpiece of the class, and I'd never give it up!" -- Dianne Rothleder

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