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Unformatted text preview: Congress: Who are our representatives? Congress: Who are our representatives? PLS 100: Intro to American National Government Professor Lee Michigan State University Congress: Who are our representatives? The legislative branch: Congress U.S. Constitution set up structure of national govt Checks and balances between 3 branches of govt Congress (Legislative), Executive, Judicial Congress writes legislation (bills). Have the force of law once signed by President. Today: Who are our Members of Congress (MCs)? Next few lectures: Organization in Congress: Parties and Committees. How a bill becomes a law Incumbency advantage. Electoral connection. Congress: Who are our representatives? Congressional elections Principal-agent relationship Representative democracy: Principle-agent relationship Principal hires (delegates to) an agent (see chapter 1) Examples: Employers hire employees Voters hire representatives Problem: Potential conflict in interests Agent might not do what the principal wants agency loss Dont give much effort in cleaning or customer service. Pander to special interest groups. Congress: Who are our representatives? Congressional elections Principal-agent relationship Elections to hold Members of Congress accountable The need to win elections can help alleviate agency...
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This note was uploaded on 04/02/2012 for the course PLS 100 taught by Professor Thornton during the Spring '07 term at Michigan State University.

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