chapter 11 - Chapter 11 CONGRESS The Structural Foundations...

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Chapter 11 CONGRESS
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The Structural Foundations of the Modern Congress The ability and willingness of the members of Congress to meet their responsibilities is affected by other government institutions and actors, by political linkage institutions (such as interest groups, public opinion, and elections), and by structural factors (such as constitutional rules and economic and social change).
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Constitutional Design The framers of the Constitution were ambivalent about democracy and concerned about the possibility of government tyranny. They also wanted an energetic government capable of accomplishing its assigned tasks. The framers intended for the legislative branch to be the center of policymaking The framers also made sure that Congress was surrounded by competing centers of government power.
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Apportionment Established through the Great Compromise Based on population in the House of Representatives and on equal representation of the states in the Senate.
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This note was uploaded on 12/21/2010 for the course POLITICAL 1 taught by Professor Melvinaaron during the Fall '08 term at Los Angeles City College.

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chapter 11 - Chapter 11 CONGRESS The Structural Foundations...

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