gov 32 rosenthal

gov 32 rosenthal - Allison Haupt According to Alan...

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Allison Haupt According to Alan Rosenthal, a major dilemma that arises for state legislators is whether they are representatives for their constituencies, and therefore supposed to make decisions based on their constituents’ wishes, or trustees who ought to make decisions based on what they personally feel is best for their district or state. Rosenthal suggests that most legislators consider themselves to be trustees and often put their personal beliefs before those of their constituents. Edward Burke promotes the trustee ideology by arguing that, “His [the legislator] unbiased opinion, his mature judgment, his enlightened conscience, he ought not sacrifice to you [the electorate]…Your representative owes you, not his industry, but his judgment; and he betrays, instead of serving you, if he sacrifices it to your opinion (Rosenthal: 43).” Burke’s theory leaves the electorate completely out of the equation; he feels that the legislator has more information about the issues and better judgment. This argument is similar to the one the founders made in
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This note was uploaded on 04/25/2008 for the course GOV 032 taught by Professor Rotating during the Winter '07 term at Dartmouth.

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