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Congress's Constitution: Legislative Authority and the Separation of Powers

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A leading scholar of Congress and the Constitution analyzes Congress’s surprisingly potent set of tools in the system of checks and balances.

Congress is widely supposed to be the least effective branch of the federal government. But as Josh Chafetz shows in this boldly original analysis, Congress in fact has numerous powerful tools at its disposal in its conflicts with th
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Hardcover, 448 pages
Published June 27th 2017 by Yale University Press
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I heard about this book during one of the panels at the October 2017 ABA Administrative Law Conference, so I got hold of a copy to read during my downtime at work. It's a dense, dry, and academic read -- took me about six months to get through, on and off. Chafetz walks through the historical development and modern significance of six different congressional powers other than legislation (power of the purse, personnel, contempt, speech or debate, internal discipline, and cameral rules) and argue ...more
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