Exam 3 Review

Exam 3 Review - POLS 206 American National Government...

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POLS 206 American National Government Review Sheet-Test 3 This is a list of general topics you will need to know in order to do well on the second test. This test covers chapters 11 through 14 and includes the topics of Congress, the Presidency, the bureaucracy, and the courts. 1) Where is the center of policymaking? -Congress 2) What are the attractions to the job of being a member of Congress? -Salary of $169,300 with retirement benefits -Office space in D.C. and at home with staff -Travel allowances and franking privileges -Requires long hours, a lot of time away from family, and pressure from others to support their policies *Power – the biggest attraction to the job 3) What is substantive representation? -A representative for minority interests does not have to be a member of that minority group 4) What is meant by pork barrel projects? -federal projects, grants, etc. made available in a congressional district or state 5) What are the advantages of incumbency and why do incumbents lose? -The Advantages of Incumbents -Advertising: -The goal is to be visible to your constituents -Frequent trips home, use of newsletter, and technology -Credit Claiming: -Service to constituents through: -Casework: specifically helping constituents get what they think they have a right to -Pork Barrel: federal projects, grants, etc. made available in a congressional district or state -Position Taking: -Portray themselves as hard working, dedicated individuals -Occasionally take partisan stand on an issue -Weak Opponents: -Inexperienced in politics, unorganized, and underfunded -Campaign Spending: -Challengers need to raise large sums to defeat an incumbent -PACs give most of their money to incumbents -Does PAC money “buy” votes in Congress? -Defeating Incumbents *-One tarnished by scandal or corruption becomes vulnerable to a challenger -Redistricting may weaken the incumbency advantage
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-Major political tidal wave may defeat incumbents 6) What do PACs buy with their money? -“votes” 7) What is bicameralism? -A legislature divided into two houses. The U.S. Congress and all state legislatures except Nebraska’s are bicameral. 8)
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This note was uploaded on 03/21/2012 for the course POLS 206 taught by Professor Someonethatwasjusttryingtogettheirdoctorate during the Spring '06 term at Texas A&M.

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