Hidden Power: The Seniority System and Other Customs of Congress


"Tobin, a lawyer with staff experience on Capitol Hill, presents a commentary on the seniority system of Congress.... It is sensibly organized, briefly treating the history of the system, reform proposals, how senority has changed, how it works, and some of the effects.... Much of the text itself is composed of direct quotations from interviews conducted by the author with staff, members, and former members of Congress. The book ends with an epilogue rather than a conclusion. Attention in the epilogue is directed to the Quayle Committee in the Senate (98th Congress), which was studying seniority, among other topics. Contains index and limited bibliography. For general readers." - Choice

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 1986


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