By Andrew Taylor

the home and the Senate flooring are the single legislative boards the place all individuals of the U.S. Congress take part and every has a vote. Andrew J. Taylor explores why flooring strength and ground rights in the home are extra limited than within the Senate and the way those regulations impact the legislative method. After tracing the old improvement of ground ideas, Taylor assesses how good they facilitate a democratic legislative process—that is, how good they facilitate deliberation, transparency, and frequent participation.

Taylor not just compares ground lawsuits among the Senate and the home in fresh many years; he additionally compares contemporary congressional complaints with antebellum complaints. This detailed, systematic research unearths that the Senate is usually extra democratic than the House—a a bit impressive consequence, on condition that the home is mostly thought of the extra consultant and responsive of the 2. Taylor concludes with thoughts for useful reforms designed to make ground debates extra powerful and foster consultant democracy.

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