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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.
The University Press of Kentucky
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978-0-8131-7382-5 (pdf version)
978-0-8131-3968-5 (epub version)
9/11, Terrorist attack, Washington, Media, Congress, Policy shifts, Democracy
American Politics | Politics and Social Change
Evans, Jocelyn J., "One Nation Under Siege: Congress, Terrorism, and the Fate of American Democracy" (2010). American Politics. 46.