Editor’s Introduction | The Performance and Capacity of the Modern Congress
Editor's Introduction | The Performance and Capacity of the Modern Congress
Charles J. Finocchiaro | Editor The contemporary Congress is a much-maligned institution. Public approval levels remain low, we see recurring fights over funding the government and raising the debt limit, and questions remain about the ability of Con ... Read more
Editor's Introduction | The Performance and Capacity of the Modern Congress
On the Modernization of Congress
On the Modernization of Congress
Daniel Lipinski | Member of Congress Before I was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, I was a professor of American Government whose teaching and research focused on the inner workings of Congress. That experience, combined with my 14 plus ... Read more
On the Modernization of Congress
Checks and Imbalances: Investment Disparity between Congress and the Presidency
Checks and Imbalances: Investment Disparity between Congress and the Presidency
Casey Burgat | R Street Institute From our earliest days in the classroom, we are taught that one of the defining features of the American system of government is the checks and balances written directly into the Constitution. The genius of the found ... Read more
Checks and Imbalances: Investment Disparity between Congress and the Presidency
Which Congress is the Most Productive?
Which Congress is the Most Productive?
Michelle Whyman | Florida State University Which country is more populous, China or the United States? Consider answering this question by counting the number of cities within each country. You would find that China has five times fewer cities than t ... Read more
Which Congress is the Most Productive?
Sign calling for Congress to do its job, from rally to end the January 2019 government shutdown.

Editor’s Introduction | The Performance and Capacity of the Modern Congress

Charles J. Finocchiaro | Editor The contemporary Congress is a much-maligned institution. Public approval levels remain low, we see recurring fights over funding the government and raising the debt limit, and questions remain about the ability of Congress to serve as a co-equal branch of government. This issue of Extensions takes up the question of how to think about the performance of Congress and some potential solutions for its maladies. First, Representative Dan Lipinski, a member of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus, advances a number of proposals for modernizing Congress ...

On the Modernization of Congress

Daniel Lipinski | Member of Congress Before I was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, I was a professor of American Government whose teaching and research focused on the inner workings of Congress. That experience, combined with my 14 plus years in the House, gives me a unique understanding of how the House does and, unfortunately, does not work. Whenever ...

Which Congress is the Most Productive?

Michelle Whyman | Florida State University Which country is more populous, China or the United States? Consider answering this question by counting the number of cities within each country. You would find that China has five times fewer cities than the United States.1 Knowing nothing more than the fact that China contains far fewer cities, ...

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Dick T. Morgan was born Dec. 6, 1853, in Vigo County, Indiana. He received a B.S. in 1876 from Union Christian College (Meron, Indiana) and an LL.B. in 1880 from Central Law School (Indianapolis). From 1880 to 1881, he served in the Indiana state legislature. Dick T. Morgan. Photograph from the Dick T. Morgan Collection, Carl Albert Center. In 1889 he moved to Guthrie, Oklahoma, where he practiced law, dealt in real estate, and became active in politics, the Republican Party and religious affairs. He ran ...

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Carl Albert Dissertation Award Alison W. Craig won the 2018 Carl Albert Dissertation Award for Best Dissertation in Legislative Studies for “Policy Collaboration in the ...

A new feature at Extensions, “Required Reading” features recent books on legislative politics. Our hope is that Required Reading will become a resource for scholars and students of legislatures  looking to stay abreast of current and emerging research and to provide assistance in considering books for course adoption. Our approach allows authors to provide a brief overview of their books in a somewhat more expansive format than a dust-cover description, highlighting their argument and key findings—even displaying a representative figure that encapsulates an aspect of what the book is all about.

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  1. World Population Review. http://worldpopulationreview.com/, July 25, 2019.