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                                                The Cost of Congress

                                              What Americans Get for Their Money
                                                        KAREN KUNZ AND STAVROS ATSAS
                                                What was the cost to taxpayers for Bill Clinton’s impeachment hearings? What about the
                                              Benghazi investigation and efforts to obtain the votes required to repeal Obamacare while
                                              failing to consider Zika virus funding bills? What is the true cost of earmarks? Why do
                                              congress members continue to get paid during government shutdowns?
                                              Congress’s increasing use of continuing resolutions and agencies’ almost semi-annual
                                              preparations for government shutdowns come at a significant cost. Combining extensive
             April 2022 ,  395pp ,  6 1/8x9 1/4   documentary research with interviews of current and former members and staffers, The
            Hardcover: 978-1-4408-5800-0      Cost of Congress assesses not only how Congress spends tax dollars on its operations but
             $75.00 ,  £56.00 ,  €63,00
            eBook: 978-1-4408-5801-7           also what Americans receive for those dollars.
                                              Kunz and Atsas assign dollar values, using federal data, to congressional practices and
              KAREN KUNZ , DPA, is associate  policies. They examine the costs of producing legislation, court challenges, and Supreme
            professor of public administration at  Court reversals. They also look at the costs of committee and special investigations,
            West Virginia University.
                                              committee assignments, staffing and facilities, and such perks as the gym, meals, and
            STAVROS ATSAS is a doctoral student in  franking. Readers—taxpayers from all walks of life—will come away with a comprehensive
            the Evaluation and Measurement program  view of the costs of operating Congress.
            at Kent State University.
                                              •  Sheds light on the public costs of congressional lawmaking and operations as Congress
                                                becomes increasingly polarized and perceived as unable to govern

                                                Democracy Disrupted

                                              Communication in the Volatile 2020
                                              Presidential Election
                                                        BENJAMIN R. WARNER, DIANNE G. BYSTROM, MITCHELL S. MCKINNEY, AND
                                              MARY C. BANWART, EDITORS
                                              Democracy Disrupted documents the most significant features of the 2020 U.S. presidential
                                              election through research conducted by leading scholars in political communication.
                                              Chapters consider the coinciding of three historical events in 2020: a 100-year pandemic
                                              co-occurring with the presidential campaign, the reinvigorated call for social and racial
             April 2022 ,  270pp ,  6 1/8x9 1/4   justice in response to the killing of George Floyd and other Black men and women, and the
            Hardcover: 978-1-4408-7923-4      authoritarian lurch that emerged in reaction to Donald Trump’s norm-challenging rhetoric.
             $63.00 ,  £47.00 ,  €53,00       The Democratic Party's campaign stood out because of the historically diverse field of
            eBook: 978-1-4408-7924-1
                                              presidential candidates and the election of the first female vice president.

            is associate professor of   is director emerita of the  is dean of the Buchtel College   PhD, is an associate professor
            communication and director   Carrie Chapman Catt Center  of Arts and Sciences at the   of communication studies at the
            of graduate studies at the   for Women and Politics at  University of Akron.  University of Kansas, director
            University of Missouri.  Iowa State University.                             of the Institute for Leadership
                                                                                        Studies, and program director
                                                                                        for the Women’s Global
                                                                                        Leadership Consortium.
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