Representation

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Representation Thursday, February 10, 2011 11:28 AM Theories of Representation o Delegate (1-to-1 representation, we are principles, they are agents, they are expected to do exactly what we want) o Trustee (send them out, and entrust them to make the right decisions) Focus of Representation, but who? o Constituency o Whole Nation o Fenno reading (later in lecture) Substantive Representation o Match principles on your issues Descriptive Representation o Match the principles on gender, race, religion, etc. Like the American public? o Education, Women/Minorities, Age o Does underrepresentation matter? Fenno Reading - U.S. House Members in Their Constituencies: An Exploration What is he interested in studying? o Members of Congress and how they serve their districts Research Method o Spends 5-6 days with Congress members, a diverse sample. o "Soaking & Poking" - How do MCs view a constituency? o 4 concentric circles These perceptions affect a MC's behavior o
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