Understanding Congress

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Padilla1 Huong Padilla Professor Trevor Nakagawa Posci 1 10:00:09 Understanding Congress 1. Describe some of the different ways in which members of Congress can represent the American people. What are the principles behind sociological and agency representation? What are some examples of each type? Describe the difference between a trustee and a delegate. Which type of representation do you believe is the best? Congress is the most important representative institution in American government. It is the voice of the American People. Members of Congress consider the different views and demands as they represent their district. Members of Congress regularly reach out to their constituents and devote a great amount of staff time to constituency service. The framers of the Constitution provided for a bicameral legislature with House and Senate to serve different constituencies. They are law and policy makers, and on the other hand represent the needs and best interests of their particular constituents. The Senate is chosen by the state legislatures and serves a total six-year term represent the elite members of society. While the House, who are elected by the voters in congressional districts serves a two-year term represent the people or well organized local interests. Sociological representation is a type of representation in which representatives have similar racial, ethnic, religious, or educational backgrounds as their constituents. Sociological likeness helps promote good representation by the government. On the other hand, agency representation acts as an
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Padilla2 agent of his or her constituency. Constituent hire their agency representative, and if the constituent feel they are not being represented well they can fire their representative. There are two different ways elected legislators in Congress can act. One way is to act as a trustee. This means that the legislators will vote and act according to their own personal beliefs and what they feel is best for society. Unlike the trustee, a delegate vote according to whom they represent. The delegate connects to their constituents completely, tries hard to empathize with their feelings, and wants to be liked by the constituents. Hence, the delegate tries to not run the risk of losing re-election.
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This note was uploaded on 07/24/2011 for the course ECON 1 taught by Professor Nakagawa during the Summer '11 term at Merritt College.

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