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93957-0205648541_ch11 - The Struggle For Democracy Chapter...

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Unformatted text preview: The Struggle For Democracy Chapter 11: Congress Critical Thinking Questions Survey data show that Americans have a low level of respect for Congress as an institution, yet we continue to reelect members at very high rates. Why? Do voters make their decisions based on the well-being of the nation or on localized needs and priorities? Structural Foundations of Congress The Framers were worried about democracy, concerned about tyranny, and wanted an energetic, capable government Congress: the center of policymaking Enumerated powers Elastic or necessary and proper clause Implied powers Powers divided between the two chambers Structural Foundations of Congress Constraints on Congress Republicanism Bicameralism Prohibitions against Bills of attainder Ex post facto laws Suspension of writs of habeas corpus Granting titles of nobility Structural Foundations of Congress Competing centers of power Separation of powers Checks and balances Do you remember the difference between the two? Structural Foundations of Congress Bicameralism & Representation Apportionment Great Compromise Representation in the House is based on population Representation in the Senate is based on equality Fixed terms House = 2 years and up for election every two years Senate = 6 years and one-third of the body is up for reelection every two years Election House = direct popular election Senate = state legislators until the 17 th Amendment (1913) Structural Foundations of Congress Federalism Powers granted to the national government only Powers granted to the states only Powers shared by the states and the national government Powers denied to both entities Representation & Democracy In terms of demographics, who are the members of Congress?...
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This note was uploaded on 11/04/2011 for the course PLSI 200 taught by Professor Schendan during the Fall '08 term at S.F. State.

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