The Public Congress

The Public Congress

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Contemporary members of Congress routinely use the media to advance their professional goals. Today, virtually every aspect of their professional legislative life unfolds in front of cameras and microphones and, increasingly, online. The Public Congress explores how the media moved from being a peripheral to a central force in U.S. congressional politics. The authors show that understanding why this happened allows us to see the constellation of forces that combined over the last fifty years to transform the American political order. Malecha and Reagana€™s keen analysis links the new qpublicq Congress and the forces that are shaping political parties, the Presidency, interest groups, and the media. They conclude by asking whether the kind of discourse that this qnew mediaq environment fosters encourages Congress to make its distinctive deliberative contribution to the American polity. This text brings historical depth as well as coverage of the most current cutting edge trends in new media environment and provides an exhaustive treatment of how the U.S. Congress uses the media in the governing process today.Kimberly Hefling, a€œAntiWar Congressman Continues toMake News, a€ AssociatedPress, December8, 2005. ... SeeBurdett Loomis, a€œSenate Leaders, Minority Voices: From Dirksen to Daschle, a€ in The Contentious Senate: Partisanship, Ideologyanbsp;...

Title:The Public Congress
Author:Gary Lee Malecha, Daniel J. Reagan
Publisher:Routledge - 2012-05-22


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