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Most major measures wind their way through the contemporary Congress in what Barbara Sinclair has dubbed unorthodox lawmaking. In this much-anticipated Fifth Edition of Unorthodox Lawmaking, Sinclair explores the full range of special procedures and processes that make up Congresss work, as well as the reasons these unconventional routes evolved. The author introduces students to the intricacies of Congress and provides the tools to assess the relative successes and limitations of the institution.
This dramatically updated revision incorporates a wealth of new cases and examples to illustrate the changes occurring in congressional process. Two entirely new case study chapterson the 2013 government shutdown and the 2015 reauthorization of the Patriot Acthighlight Sinclairs fresh analysis and the book is now introduced by a new foreword from noted scholar and teacher, Bruce I. Oppenheimer, reflecting on this book and Barbara Sinclairs significant mark on the study of Congress.