Poli 100 Lec 11

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

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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
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  • Fall '07
  • Rabinowitz
  • United States Congress, United States Senate, United States House of Representatives, Parliamentary procedure, party votes, Standing Rules of the United States Senate

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