GOVT 1111 Prelim 1 Topic 4 Outline

GOVT 1111 Prelim 1 Topic 4 Outline - Topic#4 Do we have a...

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Topic #4: Do we have a principal-agent dilemma with our Anglo-Saxon style of Representation? Describe the two types of "agents" that serve within the United States Congress. In what ways has geographical representation come under scrutiny since the last half of the twentieth century? What alternative systems could we initiate? What factors make changing our representative system difficult? In your answer, be sure to be as specific as possible, providing concrete examples to support your claims. s Introduction Our nation has a principal-agent dilemma with our Anglo-Saxon style of representation as neither agent of representation allows Congressmen to represent the interests of the people in their constituency Two agents: Representatives of the House and members of the Senate Reason we have this dilemma is because of how they are selected and how they represent us How they are selected: Sociological and Agency o Sociological representation: a picture of the society Society is represented 1 for 1 by people who are elected Eg: 51% women in country = 51% people in congress Representation is picture of society Not accurate; not how things actually o Agency representation: how to maximize accountability Get someone to represent you and give them instructions Acting in the place of someone, rather than standing in the place of Representatives stand accountable for regions/constituency Hold representatives accountable for voting record
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