Congress and Its Members by Roger H. Davidson, Walter J. Oleszek, Frances E. Lee includes all the midterm elections of 2014 and the discussions regarding the aims of the new Congress, the White House-Capitol relations, changes in leadership, and other political topics. It provides credible information like charts, exhibits, maps, and complementary photos. Furthermore, it also tackles the changes that campaign finance has undergone and provides anecdotes of legislative battles and policy debates, profiles of new leaders and members, and finally, congressional rules and procedures.
Some people find the book very engaging in the discussion of some political topics.
Some people think the book could have covered more pertinent topics like budgeting, appropriations, authorization of legislations, and lobbying. Other readers also think that the author seems to be more inclined on the side of the Congress.
Congress and Its Members is very useful given the broad topics that it covers. It is well-written and provides a clear view of the Congress. The author shows expertise in discussing topics about the Congress and providing examples that are based on real life experiences.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Roger H. Davidson finished as a professor emeritus of government and politics at the University of Maryland. He also worked as a political science professor at the University of California in Santa Barbara, and as the John Marshall Chair in political science at the University of Debrecen, Hungary. In addition, he is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, and co-editor of The Encyclopedia of the United States Congress.
Walter J. Oleszek works as a senior specialist in the legislative process at the Congressional Research Service. He also worked as a full-time professional aide for the House and Senate reorganization and as Policy Director of the Joint Committee on the Organization of the Congress. Aside from writing and working with political people, he also speaks to various academic and business sections.
Frances E. Lee works as a professor of government and politics at the University of Maryland. Aside from Congress and Its Members, she has also authored various books and publications some which have received awards.
Erick Schickler is a professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. He also wrote other books and articles some of which have also received awards.