Outline of Davidson’s “Subcommittee Government”
The Mechanisms of Change
Outside and Inside Forces
The Triumph of Subcommittee Government
Era of Committee Chairmen (1937-1971) (Sundquist)
Revolt against Seniority
Members’ Roles in Subcommittee Government
Roles and Time Budgets
The (Present—70s) Policy-making System
Committee and Subcommittee Work Patterns
Outline of Rieselbach’s “Assessing Congressional Change”
Change and Reform in the 70s
Sunshine Reforms (accountability)
Reforms for Institutional Power: Challenging the Executive
Reforms for Internal Efficiency: Centralizing Congress
Reforms for Internal Influence: Democratizing (decentralizing) Congress
Other Congressional Change: New Members and New Issues
Change, Reform, and Congressional Performance
A More Accountable Congress?
An Institutionally More Powerful Congress
A More Effective (Centralized) Congress?
A More Democratized (De-centralized) Congress?
Conclusion: Results of Reform
Epilogue: Change, Reform, and Reagan