On Capitol Hill by Julian E. Zelizer
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On Capitol Hill
By Julian E. Zelizer

On Capitol Hill

The Struggle to Reform Congress and its Consequences, 1948-2000

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On Capitol Hill by Julian E. Zelizer

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Thirty years after the 'Watergate Babies' promised to end corruption in Washington, Julian Zelizer offers a major history of the demise of the committee era Congress and the rise of the contemporary legislative branch. Based on research in over 100 archival collections, this 2004 book tackles one of the most enduring political challenges in America: barring a wholesale evolution, how can the institutions that compose representative democracy be improved so as best to fulfill the promises of the Constitution? While popular accounts suggest that major scandals or legislation can transform how government works, Zelizer shows that reform is messy, slow, multidimensional, and involves many institutions. This moment of reform in the 1970s revolved around a coalition that had worked for decades, the slow reconfiguration of the relationship between institutions, shifts in the national culture, and the ability of reformers to take advantage of scandal and elections.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521681278
ISBN-10: 0521681278
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 21mm)
Pages: 376
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 27-Feb-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Julian E. Zelizer

Julian Zelizer teaches political history at the State University of New York at Albany.

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