310LSpring2008StudyingCongress

310LSpring2008StudyingCongress - Studying Congress Key...

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Unformatted text preview: Studying Congress Key themes in the textbook Constitutional foundations of the modern Congress Representation and democracy Styles of representation Delegate Trustee Politico [not in textbook] The conscience exception [not in textbook] Race, gender & occupation of members Q of descriptive representation [Fig. 11.1] Electoral connection [see below] Members decisions about roles [not in the textbook] The representative advocate vs. the responsible deliberator The ambitious politician The effective colleague vs. the loyal party member The policy advocate The service provider: pork, casework, and assistance to special interests The profiteer Six key functions of Congress Legislating Budgeting Ratifying treaties (Senate) But not executive agreements Confirming important appointments (Senate) Impeaching [House] and removing from office [Senate] public officials Overseeing conduct of executive and judicial brancheshearings + Government Accountability Office...
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