Can Congress Be Fixed? (And Is It Broken?)

Can Congress Be Fixed? (And Is It Broken?)

Five Essays on Congressional Reform

Editor: Peter Robinson
ISBN: 978-0-8179-9362-7
Publication Date: 6/25/1995
Pages: 110

In February 1994, the Hoover Institution held a conference on Congress, inviting more than two dozen scholars, journalists, and members of Congress to participate in an array of panel discussions. The conference asked, in effect, Is Congress working as it should? If no, how should Congress be reformed? Throughout these panel discussions, five writers noted the principal arguments put forward in each of the panel discussions, then composed essays on particular issues, drawing conclusions from the arguments and presenting their own views. An introduction provides a straightforward description of the conference. In commissioning these essays, the Hoover Institution was engaging in an experiment. The institution hoped that the essays would represent not only a record of the conference but also a provocative contribution to the debate on congressional reform.

EXCERPTS FROM THE BOOK:

"The real story of the past thirty years--the intensified partisanship in the United States as the Democratic Party has moved left and the Republican Party has moved right."
—John Podhoretz

"[The] background against which the events and attitudes now on display in Washington become intelligible."
—Peter Robinson

"The current enthusiasm for various reforms is all aimed, in one way or another, at making congressmen more accountable, making their work more efficient, or making them more productive."
—Daniel Casse

"The deficit problem is not so much an economic problem as a constitutional one, a matter of process."
—Clark S. Judge

"Term limits are as unacademic a reform as you'll find: ham-fisted, indelicate, even outrageous, with none of the niceties and nuance of, say, campaign finance reform. Which his why they might work."
—Andrew Ferguson

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Peter Robinson

Peter M. Robinson is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, where he writes about business and politics, edits Hoover's quarterly journal, the Hoover Digest, and hosts Hoover's television program, Uncommon KnowledgeTM.

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