Book - Chapter 10: Congress 12/4/2007 11:56:00 PM Patronage...

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Chapter 10:  Congress 05/12/2007 00:56:00 Patronage A system in which elected officials appoint their supporters to administrative  jobs; used by political machines to maintain themselves in power. Franking The privilege of members of Congress that allows them to send free mail to  their constituents at government expense. Gerrymandering A congressional district whose boundaries are drawn so as to maximize the  political advantage of a party or racial group; often such a district has a  bizarre shape. Incumbency advantage Almost all House incumbents are successful, though Senate seats are not  quite as secure. Incumbents win because they are better known than non-incumbents.  Casework Being in office gives representatives to perform services and do favors for  their constituents. Pork barrel Funding for special projects, buildings, and other public works in the district or  state of a member of Congress. Oversight Congress’s responsibility to make sure that bureaucracy is administering  federal programs in accordance with congressional intent
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