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Author Chafetz, Joshua A. (Joshua Aaron), 1979- author

Title Congress's constitution : Legislative authority and the separation of powers / Josh Chafetz
Published New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, 2017
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Contents Cover; Half Title; Title; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction; PART ONE: SEPARATION-OF-POWERS MULTIPLICITY; Prelude; 1 Political Institutions in the Public Sphere; 2 The Role of Congress; PART TWO: CONGRESSIONAL HARD POWERS; 3 The Power of the Purse; 4 The Personnel Power; 5 Contempt of Congress; PART THREE: CONGRESSIONAL SOFT POWERS; 6 The Freedom of Speech or Debate; 7 Internal Discipline; 8 Cameral Rules; Conclusion: Toward a Normative Evaluation; Notes; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; Q; R; S; T; U; V; W; Y; Z
Summary "Congress is widely supposed to be the least effective branch of the federal government. But as Josh Chafetz shows in this boldly original analysis, Congress in fact has numerous powerful tools at its disposal in its conflicts with the other branches. These tools include the power of the purse, the contempt power, freedom of speech and debate, and more. Drawing extensively on the historical development of Anglo-American legislatures from the seventeenth century to the present, Chafetz concludes that these tools are all means by which Congress and its members battle for public support. When Congress uses them to engage successfully with the public, it increases its power vis-à-vis the other branches; when it does not, it loses power. This groundbreaking take on the separation of powers will be of interest to both legal scholars and political scientists."--Publisher website
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed June 9, 2017)
Subject Separation of powers -- United States -- Congresses.
Genre/Form Conference papers and proceedings.
Conference papers and proceedings.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0300227647 (electronic bk.)
9780300227642 (electronic bk.)