Motivations Behind Voting for or Against a Law

Motivations Behind Voting for or Against a Law - Each...

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Each member of congress finds him or herself subject to three differing viewpoints when voting for the passage of a proposed law, which comprise a member’s voting patterns: the representative view, the attitudinal view, and the organizational view. Congress members are the crystallization of our nation’s wants, needs, and opinions, and as such they shape the laws which govern us; and as such they are faced with enormous amounts of pressure from innumerable individuals who want to tilt the scales of justice in their favor, whether for practical, ideological, or other reasons. The representative view asserts a congress member’s main concern is to get re-elected, so he or she votes based on the wants of his or her constituents. This theory makes sense, since without re-election, the congress member would lose all of his or her power and influence. Constituents, therefore, have quasi-omnipotent power over their representative’s decisions, and can influence him or her through petitions, letters, and other such forms of direct contact. Other non-constituent forces could affect the congress
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This note was uploaded on 06/26/2008 for the course PSCI 130-001 taught by Professor Diiulio during the Fall '08 term at UPenn.

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