American Legislatures and Legislative Methods

American Legislatures and Legislative Methods

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American Legislatures and Legislative Methods

American Legislatures and Legislative Methods

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This volume seeks to furnish a description of the manner in which law-making bodies--State and Federal--in the United States are organized and operated. There is perhaps in this study more that is critical of the manner in which these legislative organs work, as compared with the description of their organization, than, strictly speaking, is warranted by the general scope of the series in which this volume finds a place. It is believed, however, that present political conditions justify this shifting of emphasis. In the first place, in the study of legislative organs, much more than in the case of judicial and executive bodies, is it necessary in order to secure an adequate understanding, to pass beyond a mere examination of their morphology, and to consider the exact manner in which their functional activities are carried on. In the second place, the legislative bodies of the American State, and, indeed, legislative bodies generally, are, at the present time, being subjected to a special popular as well as scientific criticism. Parliamentary institutions everywhere have indeed during the last quarter of the nineteenth century suffered a notable . . .

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