The New Congress; The Growing Power of Congress

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The New Congress

Edited by Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein
American Enterprise Institute, 1981
400 pp.

The Growing Power of Congress

Edited by David M. Abshire and Ralph D. Nurnberger
Sage, 1981
320 pp. $18.50

Two examples of the growing literature by political scientists on the substantial changes which have taken place within Congress and in the relationship of Congress to the Executive since the 1960s. The Mann-Ornstein volume is by far the better: the research is deeper, the writing better, and the context broader. The Abshire-Nurnberger book, focusing more narrowly on Congress vs. the President, has been somewhat overtaken by events, as the editors themselves implicitly admit.

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