Item description for Freshman Orientation: House Style and Home Style by Edward I. Sidlow...
Upon their arrival in Washington D.C., every member of the "freshman class" received a tote bag sporting a picture of the capitol building that contained a three-hundred-plus page document called the 2004 House Manual: New Member Orientation, 109th Congress. This mind-numbing guide details the kinds of expenditures members can and can't be reimbursed for, the kinds of mailings that can and can't be paid for with taxpayer money, the use of various types of office equipment, a section on house rules, and even some rules for ethics. Mr. Schwarz goes to Washington. Enjoy orientation! In this brief, engaging case study, Edward I. Sidlow tells the story of what it takes to make the challenging transition from candidate to newly minted member of Congress. Following the triumphs and trials of candidate and then freshman congressman Joe Schwarz, a moderate Republican from Michigan's 7th district, Sidlow gives students an inside look at Schwarz as he sets up shop on the Hill, gets familiar with the political environment, becomes involved in various policy areas, jockeys for choice committee assignments, develops a "style" that allows him to communicate effectively with other members while staying in touch with constituents at home, and a host of other issues that are central to legislative life. Sidlow uses an appealing first-hand reportorial and narrative style to describe events, while effortlessly incorporating data and information on specific topics from the current literature so that students can see how Schwarz's experience compares with others. With photos and other illustrations from the Schwarz team, Sidlow brings the congressional experience to life.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 6" Height: 8.75" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date Dec 22, 2006
Publisher CQ Press, a division of Congressional Quarterly, Inc.
ISBN 193311665X ISBN13 9781933116655
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More About Edward I. Sidlow
Edward I. Sidlow is Professor of Political Science at Eastern Michigan University. After receiving his Ph.D. from Ohio State University, he served on the faculty at Arizona State University, Miami University, and Northwestern University, and was Director of Academic Affairs at Loyola University Chicago. Professor Sidlow has won numerous teaching awards, including the Outstanding Teaching Award and the Mortar Board Senior Honorary Favorite Professor Award (Miami University) and the College of Arts and Sciences Award for Outstanding Teaching, the Freshman Class Favorite Professor Award, and the invitation to deliver the "Last Lecture" (Northwestern University). At Eastern Michigan University, he served as Department Head in Political Science from 1995-2000. In 2009, he was named Honors Professor of the Year by the Honors College and was also recognized with the EMU Alumni Association's Award for Teaching Excellence. His articles have appeared in POLICY STUDIES REVIEW, JOURNAL OF LAW & POLITICS, THE JOURNAL OF GENERAL EDUCATION, WESTERN POLITICAL QUARTERLY, and COLLEGE TEACHING. His recent publications include two books that focus on congressional elections and congressional behavior.
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Great Book Apr 25, 2008
This book of Dr. Sidlow's was a great book and really brought out what congress is all about in a case of a freshman congressman, which happened to be from the district which I call home. This 156 (plus index) book crams much of everything faced by a member of congress into it, going beyond what a normal textbook with its definitions and general examples can do. I would highly recommend this book for understanding the process by which our congress works.
Political Science Required Reading Feb 11, 2008
The book came before I even expected and was cheaper than many other places. Good things all around!
Excellent view from the inside Mar 28, 2007
I enjoyed Dr. Sidlow's account of the tenure of Rep. Schwartz, the illuminating anecdotes, and the insider's view of the mechanics of a modern political campaign. This is a good account of a political "freshman's" experiences, his rookie mistakes, and the bare knuckle influence of powerful advocates outside of a representative's district. Dr. Sidlow humanizes the process and takes one through highs and lows, and sometimes suprisingly ordinary lives of those surrounding this 1 term Michigan congressman.