The Constitutional Origins of Congress
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
I. The Constitution is the basic framework that organizes Congress
II. To understand the constitutional origins of Congress requires:
a. Understanding why the previous national leg
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
a. Blunt instruments of accountability.
i. We as citizens delegate our decisions to agents, our elected representatives. We hope
they vote the way that best benefit us. Our hammer, if they don't vot
Monday, February 24, 2014
I. Congress and Crisis: Republicans was not open for relief policies. The perception of the Federal
government was hands off but the Depression made a need for change.
a. Stock Market Crash (Fall 1929)
b. Hoover and
Monday, February 17, 2014
I. Important Legislation (1870s and 80s) Gilded Age: The federal government is becoming larger. The
US as a whole is flexing its industrial muscle. Starting to become a world power.
a. Coinage Act 1873: demonetari
Congressional Systems Cont.
Monday, February 03, 2014
Civil War System (1865-1896)
- Strong Parties and Speakers
- Greater Institutionalization
- Majority Rule over Minority Rights
- Third Party System
- Close party divisions
Textbook Era (1912-19
What Makes Members of Congress Tick?
Monday, March 24, 2014
I. What Makes MCs Tick?
a. What sort of goals do MCs have?
b. How do MCs pursue their goals?
c. Reelection drives nearly everything
i. It is th
The Committee System
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
I. Wilson's Famous Quote
a. "Congress in session is Congress on public exhibition, whilst Congress in its committeerooms is Congress at work."
II. The Committee System
a. Some basics and history
Monday, April 28, 2014
i. What is party polarization?
a. Ideological divide (distance) between the two parties
b. How divergent the medians ("centers") of the two parties are?
c. Polarization is a dynamic concept