TEST2PSCIREADINGQUETIONS - Spring 2009 - Outside Reading...

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Spring 2009 - Outside Reading Study List for Test 2 In addition to answering the following questions, make sure that you the know the thesis for each article "An Effective Congress and Effective Members: What Does It Take” by Barbara Sinclair- feb 13 (1) How does Sinclair describe the tension that exists between responsiveness and responsibility?- Congress has to deal with responsiveness in accordance to what the people want, and they also have to be responsible with what is necessary for the country… when these two differ, there can be questionable citizens debating the actions of Congress, Congress has to pick and choose when to be responsive and when to be responsible when the outcomes clash (2) What is the mirror model of representation?- Mirror what your constituents stand for, be their representative and relate to them… most districts are very diverse, so you can not relate to everyone, but they need to build connections and trust with their constituents (3) In what areas are members of Congress willing to educate their constituencies, and in what ways do members fail to educate their members?- they are willing to educate their constituents on their stance and explain their rationale, however, they do it in a dodgy manner by repeating the same thing over and over again, they do gain trust in their constituents by explaining their rationale, but where they fail is in explaining Congressional action in a broader picture Likeable? Effective Commander in Chief?. ... By Barbara Burrell- feb 13 (1) What does Burrell mean when she quotes research that suggests “polls do much more than simply reflect the current standings of the candidates. .” ? - show the viability of the candidate, they shape the campaign, shows what the people think of the nominee as a person and the guage of his personal traits (2) Make sure your understand Burrell’s findings in the conclusion.- she found that pollsters were fair in their assessments of the nominees… subjects were not asked more about the feminine traits of Hillary or the masculine traits of Barack… all polls were done equally to test qualities present in the candidates, not trying to test one on a specific trait over the other, competency strength nor experience were Clintons downfall, instead it was her inability to maintain the advantage she had on feminine traits “Rethinking Redistricting” by Thomas Brunell (1) What does the author argue are some of the significant drawbacks of drawing competitive districts?- he finds people are happier when the person they vote for wins office, and when you have competitive districts then there will be more of a divide between the winners and losers, and there will be more losers… meaning more people will be unhappy (2) What does the author argue about “communities of interest”?- argues that map makers must preserve the communities of interest, but a community of interest has to be composed of ideological similarities, either all Democrat or all Republican… when there is a controversial
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