American government April 5, 2011

American government April 5, 2011 - The Legislative Branch...

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The Legislative Branch 1. Representation: giving voice to viewpoints in society. 2. Lawmaking: finding agreement on new laws and the budget. There is a tradeoff between these two goals. Who should represent us? Descriptive Representation: A legislature should look like America. Focus on characteristics that divide us like race, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation. Example: Norway requires an equal number of male and female candidates. Criticism: external characteristic do no always correspond individual beliefs. Who should represent us? Substantive representation: A legislature that thinks like America. Re-create the range and depth of opinion among citizen instead the legislature. Criticism: A legislature that has diversity viewpoints but lacks diversity could lack legitimacy with citizens. How should they represent us? Trustee Representation: Elect an intelligent and trustworthy person to speak for you. “ Elect a
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This note was uploaded on 06/19/2011 for the course POLS 1000 taught by Professor Gunning during the Spring '11 term at Kennesaw.

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