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Cover Image: Unorthodox Lawmaking: New Legislative Processes in the U.S. Congress, 4th Edition
  • Date: 07/26/2011
  • Format: Print Paperback
  • Price: $46.00
  • ISBN: 978-1-60871-236-6
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Unorthodox Lawmaking: New Legislative Processes in the U.S. Congress, 4th Edition
Barbara Sinclair, University of California, Los Angeles


Despite what your students may have learned in Schoolhouse Rock, the textbook “how-a-bill-becomes-a-law” scenario is a rarity. As evidenced with health care reform legislation, most major measures wind their way through the contemporary Congress in what Barbara Sinclair has dubbed “unorthodox lawmaking.”

Whatever path a bill takes—whether considered by multiple committees or subjected to a filibuster in the Senate—Sinclair explores the full range of special procedures and processes that make up the legislative process, as well as the reasons these unconventional routes evolved.

This much-anticipated fourth edition updates the book through the end of the 111th Congress. Sinclair incorporates new examples and new case studies throughout, including the economic stimulus bill of 2008, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, and, of course, the health care reform legislation of 2009–2010. New coverage also includes recent developments in the Senate (for example, filling the amendment tree); major changes in how the House and Senate resolve their differences (fewer conferences and more informal bargaining and amendments); and earmarks and changes in the appropriations process.

With Sinclair’s unique perspective, Unorthodox Lawmaking introduces students to the intricacies of Congress while also providing the tools to assess the relative successes and limitations of the legislative process.

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New to this Edition
This much-anticipated fourth edition updates the book through the end of the 111th Congress. Sinclair incorporates new examples and new case studies throughout, including the economic stimulus bill of 2008, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, and, of course, the health care reform legislation of 2009–2010. New coverage also includes recent developments in the Senate (for example, filling the amendment tree); major changes in how the House and Senate resolve their differences (fewer conferences and more informal bargaining and amendments); and earmarks and changes in the appropriations process.

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Table of Contents

1.  Clean Air: An Introduction to How the Legislative Process Has Changed

2.  Multiple Paths: The Legislative Process in the House of Representatives

3.  Routes and Obstacles: The Legislative Process in the Senate

4.  Getting One Bill: Reconciling House-Senate Differences

5.  Omnibus Legislation, the Budget Process, and Summits

6. Why and How the Legislative Process Changed

7.  A Tale of Two Stimuli: The Bush/Pelosi/Boehner Stimulus Bill of 2008 and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

8.  Making Nonincremental Policy Change through Hyper-Unorthodox Procedures: Health Care Reform in 2009–2010

9.  The Republican Tax Cutting Agenda and the Budget Process: The Bush Tax Cuts 2001 and 2003

10. The Consequences of Unorthodox Lawmaking

Testimonials

Barbara Sinclair does a masterful job of demonstrating the effects of procedural tools on public policy outcomes. Unorthodox Lawmaking continues to be required reading for students in my undergraduate and graduate legislative classes because of the first rate updating that Sinclair provides with each new edition of this classic.

- Bruce Oppenheimer, Vanderbilt University

In updating her incisive analysis of congressional policy making, Barbara Sinclair extends her analysis of the effects of polarized parties and new policy challenges on how Congress does its work. Omnibus legislating, brinksmanship, and distortions in the regular order have transformed the unorthodox into the norm. There is no better account of these important developments in American governance.

- Steven Smith, Washington University, St Louis
Bio(s)
Barbara Sinclair, University of California, Los Angeles

Barbara Sinclair is Marvin Hoffenberg Professor of American Politics at the University of California at Los Angeles. She served as chair of the Legislative Studies Section of the American Political Science Association from 1993 to 1995. She is the author of several books, including Legislators, Leaders, and Lawmaking: The U.S. House of Representatives in the Postreform Era, Transformation of the U.S. Senate, which won the Richard F. Fenno Prize and the D. B. Hardeman Prize, and Party Wars: Polarization and the Politics of National Policy Making.

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