Poli 100 Intro to US Government 5

Poli 100 Intro to US Government 5 -...

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Representing the District or state How does a member determine how to best represent their constituents Trustees vs. delegates How to balance What is best for district? Country? The incumbency advantage Members of congress are reelected in very high numbers Why? Gerrymandering Pork Television access Campaign finance National party efforts Internal institutions of Congress Leaders solve coordination problems by enforcing party discipline Leaders make members better off by getting them to coordinate on common  action Reed’s Rules provide procedural guidelines for party leaders Party leaders party leaders are elected at the beginning of a congress by the members of each  party speaker of the house: calls on people to speak  unchallenged right of recognition majority/minority leader: the first lieutenant under the speaker majority/minority whip: help secure final votes via promises and threats  power of leaders is minimized by the individualism of members Committees
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