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Lecture3 - Lecture #19: Decisions on the Floor: Cue-Taking...

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Lecture #19: Decisions on the Floor: Cue-Taking How to avoid the snags and landmines? o Take cues from other members Why other members? o And not President, constituents, lobbyists, etc? o Peer Identification Think of other members as like themselves, have similar experiences o They are all successful professional politicians They didn’t get to Washington by being casual or sloppy They are politically ‘savvy’ o Quality of other members’ judgment easy to evaluate You spend a lot of time with them, analyzing them o Only members are present on the floor at the time of a decision o There is a unique trust that arises from a legislative norm: never deceive If you want to be influential in the future, you can’t deceive How are cues transmitted? o Votes cast, the scoreboard o Debate o ‘Dear Colleague’ letters o The Doorkeepers Republicans and Democrats each have one As members go in, they ask them what the votes on, how other members of the party are voting, how leaders are voting etc
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This note was uploaded on 11/27/2011 for the course POLI 100 taught by Professor Rabinowitz during the Fall '07 term at UNC.

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