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Wilson: Congressional government

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Wilson. 1885. Congressional government.


"The legal processes of constitutional change are so slow and cumbersome that we have been constrained to adopt a serviceable framework of fictions which enable us easily to preserve the forms without laboriously obeying the spirit of the Constitution, which will stretch as the nation grows." P. 242

How the Institutions Have Changed from What They were Intended to Be

Predominance of Congressional Committees

Wilson remarks that our legislature should be viewed as a conglomerate, not a homogeneous body. Referring to the committees, he notes that, "we are ruled by a score and a half of 'little legislatures'." While committees in the UK House of Commons merely investigate and report legislation, committees in the U.S. Congresses actually originate and conduct legislation.

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Wilson, Woodrow (author)American PoliticsCongress (U.S.)ConstitutionsCommitteesParty GovernmentInstitutions

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