POLS 207 Ch. 10

POLS 207 Ch. 10 - State Legislatures Chapter 10 Basic...

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    State Legislatures Chapter 10
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    Basic civics Standard view: House decides Senate decides Governor signs Gross oversimplification Committees Different versions Conference committees Balanced budget Timeframe Archaic language Omnibus bills
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    History Legislatures design their own rules Legislatures were weak Did not have to do much, so no need to create  much As states did more, legislatures had to adapt
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    Adaptations Time Longer sessions More work out of session Resources Staff Money Compensation Ambition changed Stepping stone
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    Adaptations Politicization Individual races more important—value of office is  higher More time running for re-election Incumbents ALWAYS fear for re-election Increased costs
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    Institutionalization Changed three things Boundedness Complexity Universalistic and automatic decision making
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    Boundedness Stable membership and leaders Longer career paths Creates party discipline
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    Complexity Legislature does more More things it needs to do The structure gets more complex Committees Delegate Legislators specialize Learn specific policy areas Cede responsibility to each other
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    Decision making Not discretionary Clear rules Power meant needs rules Limits the power of leadership Minority rights
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    Changes legislators Increases contact Decreases ratings More autonomous for parties Decreases occupational diversity Decline in GOP More divided government Changes because more GOP govs and Dem legs
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  Divided government Professionalization changes the nature of service Amateur legislatures place a burden on legislators Little pay Flexible timing Who can do this?
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POLS 207 Ch. 10 - State Legislatures Chapter 10 Basic...

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