One Nation Under Siege: Congress, Terrorism, and the Fate of American Democracy

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One Nation Under Siege: Congress, Terrorism, and the Fate of American Democracy

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Description

Following the terrorist attacks of 9/11, America's political institutions underwent radical changes as they adapted to comprehensive security reforms. While the media exhaustively covered new security protocols in the executive office, little attention was paid to other federal agencies and branches that overhauled their systems to accommodate heightened security requirements. As a congressional fellow living in Washington, the author of this book was an eyewitness to the institutional culture of Capitol Hill before and after the 9/11 terrorist attacks as well as during the subsequent anthrax scare. This book uses personal experiences as the foundation for a richly researched analysis of how Congress changed as an institution and a national symbol in the wake of 9/11. The book reveals not only physical transformations but also internal policy shifts that threaten democracy by limiting citizens' access to their elected leaders.

Publication Date

2010

Publisher

The University Press of Kentucky

Place of Publication

Lexington, KY

ISBN

978-0-8131-2588-6

eISBN

978-0-8131-7382-5 (pdf version)

eISBN

978-0-8131-3968-5 (epub version)

DOI

http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813125886.001.0001

Keywords

9/11, Terrorist attack, Washington, Media, Congress, Policy shifts, Democracy

Disciplines

American Politics | Political Science