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Congress As Public Enemy by Hibbing, John R. & Elizabeth Theiss-Morse
Congress As Public Enemy: Public Attitudes Toward American Political Institutions
by Hibbing, John R. & Elizabeth Theiss-Morse
 
This timely book describes and explains the American people's alleged hatred of their own branch of government, the US Congress. Intensive 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. John Hibbing and Elizabeth Theiss-Morse argue that, although the public is deeply disturbed by debate, compromise, delicate pace, the presence of interest groups, and the professionalization of politics, many of these traits are actually endemic to modern democratic government. Congress is an enemy of the public partially because it is so public. Calls for reform, such as term limitations, reflect the public's desire to attack these disliked features. But the authors conclude, the public's unwitting desire to reform democracy out of a democratic legislature is a cure more dangerous than the disease.
 
Published 1995 by Cambridge, Paperback, 204 Pages, ISBN: 9780521483360, ISBN-10: 0521483360, List Price $57.00.

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