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The Limits and Possibilities of Congress
The Limits and Possibilities of Congress
By Philip Brenner
St. Martin's, 1983, 206 pp.

The author argues that the popular assumptions about Congress as an institution composed of parochial men buffeted by special-interest groups and concerned only for their own reelection are inadequate. Employing an explicitly Marxist analysis, he contends that Congress has more potential for acting in the public good than is generally realized. But that potential is limited by the dominance of the owners of wealth over the workers in American society as a whole. Theory is illustrated by two substantive case studies: aborted congressional initiatives for normalization of relations with Castro's Cuba, and action on the 1972 Higher Education Act.