Encyclopedia of the American Legislative System: Studies of the Principal Structures, Processes, and Policies of Congress and the State Legislatures Since the Colonial Era
Joel H. Silbey
Silbey, author of several other works on Congress and the American political system (e.g., The American Political Nation, Stanford Univ. Pr., 1991), and 98 other experts in history and political science have pooled their resources to create a comprehensive, in-depth history and overview of Congress and, to a lesser extent, state and local legislatures. The 91 original essays cover such topics as Constitutional conventions, early territorial and state legislatures, African American legislators, the budget process, pressure groups and lobbyists, civil rights, and vetoes. Recent popular topics include Bill Clinton's policies, hate speech, gun control, and the Clarence Thomas hearings. Although there is similar coverage (focusing on history, powers, procedures, budget, and members) in Congressional Quarterly's Guide to Congress (Congressional Quarterly, 1991. 4th ed.), the perspectives of the two works are different: Congressional Quarterly draws from staff reports in its Almanac and Weekly Report as well as other sources while this Encyclopedia was written by numerous university and Congressional scholars and encompasses state legislatures as well. Both are excellent research sources, and the Encyclopedia seems destined to be a classic belonging in strong political science collections.
Louise A. Treff, Univ. of Colorado at Denver
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
New York, NY
Charles Scribners Sons
Fritz, Christian G.. "Constitutional Conventions." Encyclopedia of the American Legislative System: Studies of the Principal Structures, Processes, and Policies of Congress and the State Legislatures Since the Colonial Era (1994). http://digitalrepository.unm.edu/law_facbookdisplay/176