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What do you know about the United States Congress?
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Congress Versus Parliament What is a major difference between Congress and a parliament?
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Congress Versus Parliament Congress has the ability to exercise independently of the executive branch
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Congress Versus Parliament Where are congresses more prevalent? Where are parliaments more prevalent?
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Congress Versus Parliament Congress-Latin American nations Parliament-Western European nations
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Congress Versus Parliament Congress derives from the Latin term “a coming together” Parliament comes from a French word parler that means “to talk” What do you think these differences mean?
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Congress Versus Parliament Critics say that all Congress does is talk There is an element of local representation in parliaments The differences affect two important aspects How one becomes a member What one does as a member
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How to become a member of parliament… Persuading a political party to put his or her name on a ballot Local party committees take suggestions from national party headquarters Local groups select a candidate willing to support the national party program and leadership In the election, voters vote between two or three national parties
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How to become a member of Congress… Running in a primary Running in a general election
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Results of Differences Parliaments are made up of people loyal to a national party leadership Congresses are made up of people who think of themselves as independent representatives of their districts who support their party, but vote based on their beliefs or the beliefs of their constituents
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What does a member of a parliament do? Essentially only makes one important decision…whether or not to support the government Prime ministers and cabinet members only stay in power if members of their party vote together Often penalties for not voting along party lines Won’t get re-nominated
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What does a member of a congress do? Because members of congress do not vote for the head of the executive branch, they can vote how they feel and not worry about their government collapsing
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Differences in Operation A meeting of parliament is an assembly of party representatives who debate Congress is a meeting of representatives from local constituencies who can initiate, modify, approve, or reject laws Representation in action Most of which takes place in committees
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Results of Differences Members of parliament… Have little power Are poorly paid May have no offices of their own Virtually no staff Allowed only small sums of money for supplies Can make a few free local calls They each have… Desk Filing cabinet Telephone Not always in the same place
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Members of the U.S. House of Representatives (even junior ones)… Have power Substantial salary ($150,000 in 2004) Entitled to a large office allowance
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This note was uploaded on 05/03/2008 for the course POLY SCI 101 taught by Professor George during the Spring '97 term at American.

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