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The Decline of Comity in Congress
by Eric M. Uslaner
University of Michigan Press, 1996
Cloth: 978-0-472-10456-7 | Paper: 978-0-472-08421-0
Library of Congress Classification JK1021.U85 1993
Dewey Decimal Classification 328.73

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
Why do members of Congress resort to name-calling? In this provocative book, Eric M. Uslaner proposes that Congress is mirroring the increased incivility of American society. He points to five core values—American exceptionalism, enlightened individualism, egalitarianism, science as social engineering, and religion—that have been eroded since the 1960s. The author argues that a lack of trust permeates members of Congress to the point that they would rather seek control than compromise. This, Uslaner contends, is the real cause of gridlock in Washington. The Decline in Comity in Congress demonstrates why institutional reform will not correct this problem and why Americans need to change before their government can.

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