310LSpring2009StudyingCongress

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Key themes in the textbook Democrats gain strength in Congress (opening) Constitutional foundations of the modern Congress Representation and democracy Styles of representation Delegate Trustee Politico [not in textbook] The conscience exception [not in textbook] Q of “descriptive representation” [Fig. 11.1] Electoral connection [see below and previous lecture]
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Members’ decisions about roles [not in the textbook] The representative advocate vs. the responsible deliberator The ambitious politician The effective colleague vs. the loyal party member The policy advocate The service provider: pork, casework, and assistance to special interests The profiteer
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Six key functions of Congress Legislating Budgeting Ratifying treaties (Senate) But not “executive agreements” Confirming important appointments (Senate) But not “czars”
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