Presidential Power and Authority Presidential Constituencies-only person who truly has a national constituency; also has Partisan constituency and is accountable to them; accountable to members of congress and other politicians in his
CHAPTER 17: CONGRESS
What is the minimum age for serving in the House of Representatives?
Which of the following states has only one at-large member in the House of
Which portion of the Constitution gives Congress th
FOUNDATION HOMEWORK - 1
DUE: JANUARY 24, 2012
1. WHAT IS POLITICS?
Politics: the process that determines what government does.
2. WHAT IS THE GOVERNMENT?
Government: the system for implementing decisions made through the political process
FEDERATION vs. CONFEDERATION vs. UNITARY
ARTICLE 1 SECTION 8
-Elastic Clause (necessary & proper clause)
TOWARD STRONGER NATIONAL GOVERNMENT
NEW DEAL ERA
GREAT SOCIETY ERA
GRANTS- IN- AID
GOVERNMENT CHAPTER 6: THE PRESIDENCY
-Form of democracy in which the executive is elected by the legislature &
government is responsible to the legislature
-Form of democracy in which the executive i
INTRODUCING AMERICAN POLITICAL INSTITUTIONS
CONGRESS- MAJOR FUNCTIONS
PARALLEL PROCESSING OF POLICY PROBLEMS & ISSUES
INSTITUTIONALIZATION OF LATENT INTERESTS IN AMERICAN POLITICAL
-Structure participants of interests & int
-WORKMAN claims that this is his favorite government institution
-Federal bureaucracy is why the government doesnt go to hell especially when the
-Every two years all 535 members o
HOW A BILL BECOMES LAW
SOMEONE WRITES A PIECE OF LEGISLATION
-Most often congressional staffers pursuant to congressional hearings)
-Reason to write piece of legislation: Congress has found problem
BILL IS INTRODUCED
-Only by a me
GOVERNMENT LECTURE #10
THEORIES OF CONGRESSIONAL ORGANIZATION
CONGRESS FACES 3 FUNDAMENTAL PROBLEMS:
-The need to distribute the benefits of policymaking (power & goodies)
-The need to govern, which indirectly means winning ele
GOVERNMENT LECTURE 11
-But, why would committee system be the best avenue?
-If the most pressing problems facing Congress is distribution of benefits, then
committees should be made up of those who are high demanders of policy.
DO WE WANT A RESPONSIVE, DEMOCRATICALLY ACCOUNTABLE
CONGRESS? OR A CONGRESS THAT SOLVES OUR PROBLEMS?
-You can have government that is very good at solving problems, but likely to be
undemocratic (not listen
GOVERNMENT LECTURE 02/24
-President doesnt have much power, but true power is to persuade people to do things
-President is always trying to persuade either public or Congress. someone!
THE REAL POWER OF THE PRESIDENT
PRESIDENTIAL INFLUENCE IS
Govt. Lecture 02-27
President- The guy in the chair, the individual
Presidency- aka Executive Branch of government, the institution
COLLEGIAL SYSTEM- you dont have to manage every situation, but its more about
January 17th Tuesday lecture
Alternatives to government
Self interest and values create cooperation
EX: farmers clearing out marsh to plant crops
Need for government
if men were angels no govn would be necessary