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Book Notes for Test #2 - John Hibbing 1991 a political...

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John Hibbing: 1991 , a political scientists who conducted a comprehensive analysis of congressional careers. He found that the longer a representative serves in congress, the less attention he or she pays to constituency matters. The number of trips to the district decreases, and district offices get fewer staffers. Yet he also found that the more senior members of congress are more effective legislators; as representatives gain experience they tend to become active and successful legislatures. First-term representatives might spend more time in the district with their constituents, but they are less likes to play a significant role in shaping legislation. He concluded the term limits are a bad idea and “would likely result in a devastating loss of legislative acumen, expertise, and activity.” Jeffery Mondak: 1995 , he also conducted a study that supports Hibbing’s conclusion. He developed indicators of House members’ competence and integrity, found that members serving seven terms or more scored higher than members who retired or were defeated before the seventh term. Evidence from his study suggests that electoral defeats and retirements tend to filter out individuals less able to do the job well. In short, making experience and expertise a basis for disqualification from office is likely to deprive congress of its most able legislators. Prestige Committees: highly pried committees that allow their members to wield tremendous power in Congress. In the House and Senate, the prestige committees in clued those dealing with major taxing and spending issues: ways and Means (House), Finance (Senate), and Appropriations (House and Senate). Other prestige committees differ between the House and Senate according to the particular rules and responsibilities of the chamber. In the House, the Rules Committee, which has special powers to control floor procedures, is a prestige committee, and recently the Energy and Commerce Committee, with its broad jurisdiction, has also assumed this status. In the senate, foreign relations and armed services are prestige committees. Notice that the prestige committees identified in interviews with members are also those codified in the House and Senate rules as either exclusive or Super A committees. Hold:
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This note was uploaded on 06/05/2008 for the course GOV 310K taught by Professor V during the Summer '08 term at University of Texas.

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