3.17.08 - 3.17.08 Part 3; institutional political behavior,...

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3.17.08 Part 3; institutional political behavior, what variables cause institutions to act the way they do; the institutions are congress, president, supreme court Congress; the national legislature o Searching for institutional variables or characteristics that help determine the way that congress will act as a body Party control Institutional design Size of congress Term length Membership qualifications. . . ex. Age o Institutional design- Bicameralism- two house legislature o Simplist design possible for a two house legislature Two identical houses; In reality two houses of congress are not equal, there are many differences Checks and balances Must find the origin for the idea of two house legislature British case of bicameralism; two houses, house of lords and the house of commons, concurrent creation?, they were not created at the same time, house of lords came first, purpose of creation to oppose kings power, was an organized opposition to excessive monarchial power, house of commons was created by the
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