Participation in Congress

Author(s): Richard L. Hall

Participation in Congress


For every issue that arises on the legislative agenda, each member of Congress must make two decisions: what position to take and how active to be. The first has been thoroughly studied. But little is understood about the second. In this landmark book, a leading scholar of congressional studies draws on extensive interviews and congressional documents to uncover when and how members of congress participate at the subcommittee, committee, and floor stages of legislative decision making. Richard Hall develops an original theory to account for varying levels of participation across members and issues, within House and Senate, and across pre- and postreform periods of the modern Congress (Yale University Press). 

Publication Information:

Publisher: Yale University Press

Year of Publication: 1998