Govt. Lec. 02-10 - GOVERNMENT LECTURE 02/10 INTRODUCING...

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GOVERNMENT LECTURE 02/10 INTRODUCING AMERICAN POLITICAL INSTITUTIONS CONGRESS- MAJOR FUNCTIONS INSTITUTIONALIZATION OF LATENT INTERESTS IN AMERICAN POLITICAL SYSTEM -Structure participants of interests & integrate them w/ political & administrative machinery of government -How most policy is made CONGRESS IS THE INFORMATIONAL HUB OF THE GOVERNING SYSTEM -Includes analytical units -Congress tries to figure out how much the public cares -Generates more information than any other institutions of government OVERSITE OF THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH -Congress spends approximately 80% of their time overseeing the bureaucracies of the Executive Branch ( ROGER CLEMENS ) MAJOR INSTITUTIONAL LOCUS FOR “REFINING” BOTH POLICIES & GOALS THEY ARE MEANT TO ACHIEVE (LITTLE ‘R’ REFORM) -Congress gets into details of everything & makes minor adjustments to policy -President suffers from “issue myopia”- his focus is singular while the processing power of Congress is parallel -Invokes a INSTITUTIONS VS FACTIONS/ OTHER INSTITUTIONS/ PARTIES conflict b/w president & congress: the president wants major changes (broad
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This note was uploaded on 03/02/2012 for the course GOVT 310L taught by Professor Jessee during the Spring '10 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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Govt. Lec. 02-10 - GOVERNMENT LECTURE 02/10 INTRODUCING...

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