The Political Process: Executive Bureau-Legislantive Committee Relations

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Contents
EDITOR'S FOREWORDiii
PREFACEvi
CHAPTER ONE LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE-EXECUTIVE BUREAU RELATIONS AS A Focus OF POLITICAL ANALYSIS1
The Utility of This Focus1
The Place of the Study in Political Science3
Some Definitions5
CHAPTER TWO THE GENERAL SETTING, THE IMMEDIATE SETTING, AND THE MAJOR PARTICIPANTS IN BUREAU-COMMITTEE RELATIONS6
The Parties, the Administration, and Congress as a Policy-Making System7
Party Government in the Administration and Congress8
The Limitations of Party Government10
The Semi-Autonomy of Lesser Units in the Political Setting10
Semi-Autonomy of Bureaus in the Administration11
Semi-Autonomy of Committees in Congress11
Semi-Autonomy of Interest Groups in Relation to the Parties12
Characteristics of Subsystem Leaders13
Summary14
CHAPTER THREE MAJOR INFLUENCES OF THE GENERAL POLITICAL SETTING ON THE SUBSYSTEM16
Influence of the President and the Administration on the Subsystem16
Hirarchical Control16
Informal Influence on Subsystem Actors19
Restrictions upon Presidential Intervention20
Assessment of Presidential Influence on Subsystems21
Influence of Congress on the Subsystem22
Differences between House and Senate Members' Autonomy23
Control through Legislative Reorganization23
Limitations of Discipline and of Joint Action24
Assessment of Importance of Committee Members' Roles26

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