This book examines the lawmaking bodies of the United states and the Germany and their constitutional duties and limitations. It is a first ever joint US-German parliamentary study that compares and contrasts two of the democratic West's most powerful legislatures.
Table of Contents
Preface -- Introduction -- Problems of Legislative Comparisons -- The United States and the Formation of the Bundestag -- Introduction -- The United States and the Formation of the Bundestag -- Representatives and Those They Represent -- Introduction -- Congress as a Representative Institution -- Representation in the Federal Republic of Germany -- The Social Composition of Congress -- The Social Composition of the Bundestag -- Constitutional Context -- Introduction -- Congress and the Individual States: Centralized Balancing of Interests -- The Bundestag and the Federal System -- Congress and the Third Power -- Relationship of the Bundestag and the Federal Constitutional Court -- Organization and Operation -- Introduction -- Parties and Committees in Congress -- Parties (Parliamentary Groups) and Committees in the Bundestag -- Interest Representation in the Capitol -- Interest Group Representation in the Bundestag -- Policy Areas -- Introduction -- Congress and Economic Policy: The Federal Budget -- Economic and Social Policy in the Bundestag -- The Voice of Congress in Foreign Policy -- Foreign Policy in the Bundestag -- Strategic Arms Policy: War and Peace Between Congress and President -- Control of Security Policy -- Assessment of Technological Consequences in the U.S. Congress -- Science and Technology in the German Bundestag Examined Through the Committee on Research and Technology -- Media and Public Opinion -- Introduction -- Legislators and Media Producers: Congress and Communication in the U.S. -- The Bundestag and Media in the Federal Republic of Germany -- Comparative Summary -- Summary: Comparing Congress and the Bundestag -- Statistical Appendix -- Introduction
Uwe Thaysen, Roger H. Davidson, Robert Gerald Livingston