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The United States Congress$
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Ross English

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780719063084

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719063084.001.0001

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Assessing the US Congress

Assessing the US Congress

(p.160) 9 Assessing the US Congress
The United States Congress

Ross M. English

Manchester University Press

This chapter addresses the question of whether Congress ‘works’. It considers the challenges faced by the modern Congress and introduces the term gridlock, which refers to an inability by the President and/or Congress to enact new legislation. The chapter then studies the inability of Congress to pass a coherent policy programme based on the interests of the national good.

Keywords:   modern Congress, gridlock, coherent policy programme, new legislation, national good

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