Loomis (political science, U. of Kansas) and Schiller (political science, Brown U.) concentrate on the Congress elected November 2004, including its trends toward leadership by party rather than by committee and increasing control by party leadership over campaign funding. They cover the general purposes and mission of the Congress, its history and its relationship with the other branches of US government, the changing environment of congressional politics, elections, negotiation, processes, individual enterprise, and the workings of the Congress in a partisan era. Along with case studies and specific examples the authors give a list of useful web sites to see who you voted in and what they are doing. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
Loomis (political science, U. of Kansas) sees the contemporary US Congress as reflecting tensions between centralizing forces, such as the House leadership, and decentralizing forces, such as the individualistic Senate. He discusses changes that have occurred since the Republicans took control in 1994, including a new legislative ascendancy in setting the national policy agenda; and he also addresses the possibility that the US is entering a less settled stage of congressional development. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.