Congress as a Handler of Challenges: The Historical Record

  title={Congress as a Handler of Challenges: The Historical Record},
  author={David R. Mayhew},
  journal={Studies in American Political Development},
  pages={185 - 212}
  • David R. Mayhew
  • Published 7 September 2015
  • Sociology
  • Studies in American Political Development
Can the U.S. Congress address major challenges? Can Congress govern? Questions like these keep getting asked. This article addresses them by consulting the record since 1789. Given the separation-of-powers structure of the American system, such questions cannot be addressed directly. They need to be deconstructed. The presidency needs to enter the discussion, too. Also, what is a major challenge? To identify such challenges, and to supply a way of seeing how and in what respects Congress, as… 
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