Very good in very good jacket. 308 pages. Chapter notes, bibliography, index, signed reception flyler laid in. Signed by the author. Will some form of direct democracy supplant representative, deliberative government in the twenty-first century United States? That question is at the heart of Donald R. Wolfensberger's history of Congress and congressional reform, which runs back to the Constitution's creation of a popularly elected House of Representatives and forward to the surreal ending of the 105th Congress, featuring barrels of pork, resignation of thespeaker, and impeachment of the president. The author's expertise comes from twenty-eight years as a staff member in the House, culminating in service as chief of staff of the powerful House Rules Committee. He was a top parliamentary expert and a principal Republican procedural strategist. Sensitive to the power of process, Wolfensberger is an authoritative guide to reform efforts of earlier eras. As a participant in reforms since the 1960s, he offers a unique perspective on forging the "1970's sunshine coalition, " televising House proceedings, debating term limits, and coping with democracy in an electronic age.
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