Poli 100 Lec 11

Poli 100 Lec 11 - Congress – The legislative environment...

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Unformatted text preview: Congress – The legislative environment Delegate- one who votes in a way that parallels one’s constituents Trustee- one who votes in a way that they believe is best for one’s constituents, taking into consideration what the person actually thinks Organizational structure- congress cannot maintain the equality of each member, because some hierarchy must be imposed in order to get things done Rules- there must be restrictions for the members to be able to get things done Norms- expectations that exist Ethics- rules and norms that are supposed to maintain moral integrity Parties • Hierarchy of power • Party discipline- if the majority of a party votes for the party vote, then high discipline • Party vote- when 90+% of one party votes against 90+% of the other one • Why does party power rise and fall? • Why do members tolerate party constraints? o Parties effect Electoral Fortunes o Congressional parties have active PACS o Necessary to accomplish other goals Policy that one wants becomes enacted...
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This note was uploaded on 03/27/2008 for the course POLI 100 taught by Professor Rabinowitz during the Fall '07 term at UNC.

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