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The Future of Congress: Introduction

  • Dan Mulhollan (a1)

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At a roundtable at the American Political Science Association annual meeting in September 2009, congressional scholars took on a challenge uncommon to the discipline: scenario planning. As chair of the roundtable “Congress and the 21st Century: Future Challenges and Development,” I asked each participant to identify factors to take into account if one were to project what Congress would look like as an institution in 2030. I am pleased to introduce the following articles that resulted from this effort. The authors are Frances E. Lee, University of Maryland; Matthew N. Green, Catholic University of America, with coauthor Daniel Burns; Kathryn Pearson, University of Minnesota; and Colleen J. Shogan, Congressional Research Service.

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1 Two of the original participants are not included here: one colleague, John Hibbing, felt that his earlier comments on the future look of Congress had already been published in an editorial in The Hill, January 20, 1999. Another colleague, Tom Mann, although quite helpful in the initial planning of the roundtable, could not participate due to the need to undergo major surgery, from which, thankfully, he continues to recover with his characteristic good humor and focused energy.

The views expressed by the conference participants and described by the author are not those of the Congressional Research Service or the Library of Congress.

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