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POSSIBLE QUESTIONS FOR FIRST EXAMINATION, CONGRESSIONAL POLITICS, 2011 1. According to Baker (HOUSE AND SENATE), which factors contributed to the growing importance of the Senate, as compared with the House, throughout the 19th century and through the first part of the 20th century? 2. According to Baker, contemporary office holders find the Senate more desirable than the House as an institution in which to serve. Why is this so? 3. What are the major conclusions Binder (STALEMATE) reaches with respect to the factors that contribute to gridlock, the implications of gridlock, the consequences of gridlock, and how to reduce gridlock? 4. In Chapter 2, Davidson, et al., characterize Congress's growth and adaptation as "institutionalization." The authors go on to identify what they consider to be important factors that have driven institutional development. Write an essay that identifies these factors and that describes how each has contributed to Congress's institutional development. 5.
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This note was uploaded on 09/27/2011 for the course POLITICAL 304 taught by Professor Gertzog during the Spring '11 term at Rutgers.

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