Study Guide for Third Exam

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Study Guide for Third Exam PLS100 American National Government Spring 2007 Judd Thornton Congress Primary roles: Lawmaking Role in policymaking process Agenda setting Policy formulation President’s growing role in agenda setting Explanations Legislative oversight Representation Different definitions of responsiveness: policy, service, allocation, symbolic Members as delegates or trustees Different ways of thinking about how candidates vote: representational, organizational, attitudinal Secondary roles: Impeachment Seating and disciplining members Selecting leaders of the executive branch Members of Congress Usually viewed negatively Why lawyers and businessmen? Careerism – pros and cons Historical development of Congress Founders’ fear of a parliamentary system Congress given limited powers Parties in Congress Why would parties defer power to central authority? Polarized and unified papers Conditional party government Speaker of the House: agenda setting role Other positions (in the House): majority leader, minority leader, whip
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This note was uploaded on 03/19/2008 for the course PLS 100 taught by Professor Thornton during the Spring '07 term at Michigan State University.

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