15 - 9/15/2010 Congress Minorities in Congress o There has...

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9/15/2010 Congress Minorities in Congress o There has been an increase in women and minorities in both chambers of Congress. o Over representation of minorities in executive branch Challenges o Collecting information Ex. 2000 pg Bill (they can’t possibly read it all) o Collective action problem: Arises when individuals’ incentives lead them to avoid taking actions that are best for the group as a whole, and that they themselves would like to see accomplished Ex. They would like to see less of an influx of money for campaigning, yet they wont stop accepting it o Cycling: A phenomenon that occurs when multiple decision makers decide among multiple options and cannot agree on single course of action Ex. Cornhusker kickback, other states don’t like it but NE loves it, lots of conflict Congressional Committees o Standing committees-Permanent committees, ways and means, foreign affairs o Select Committees- Haiti crisis o Joint Committees- Both members of Congress to conduct special
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This note was uploaded on 12/07/2011 for the course POLS 207 taught by Professor Peterson during the Fall '07 term at Texas A&M.

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15 - 9/15/2010 Congress Minorities in Congress o There has...

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