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Congress as Public Enemy
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  • 13 b/w illus.
  • Page extent: 208 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.31 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 328.7307
  • Dewey version: 20
  • LC Classification: JK1041 .H53 1995
  • LC Subject headings:
    • United States.--Congress--Public opinion
    • United States.--Congress--Reform
    • Public opinion--United States

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521483360 | ISBN-10: 0521483360)

  • Also available in Hardback
  • Published September 1995

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This timely book describes and explains the American people's alleged hatred of their own branch of government, the U.S. Congress. Focus group sessions held across the country and a specially designed national survey indicate that much of the negativity is generated by popular perceptions of the processes of governing visible in Congress. But Hibbing and Theiss-Morse conclude that the public's unwitting desire to reform democracy out of a democratic legislature is a cure more dangerous than the disease.

Contents

List of figures; List of tables; Preface; 1. Introduction: what is wrong with the American political system?; 2. Changing levels of support for individual institutions; 3. Perceptions of political institutions; 4. Perceptions of congressional features and reforms; 5. Focus groups and perceptions of the Washington system; 6. Who approves of congress?; 7. Support for democratic processes; 8. Conclusion: the people and their political system; Appendix; References; Index.

Reviews

"...Congress as Public Enemy is an important and timely report that should be of interest to anyone who studies public opinion, attitude measurement (especially in terms of the complementary use of survey research and focus groups), or American politics generally." Stephen C. Craig, American Political Science Review

"This excellent piece of research and analysis gives much to think about as we focus on maintaining public support of our political institutions." W.K. Hall, Choice

"This excellent piece of research and analysis gives much to think about as we focus on maintaining public support of our political institutions." W.K. Hall, Choice

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