Fight for the Right to Party: Constitution Edition
The legality of medical marijuana is an issue that challenges the relationship between
state and Federal authority. In Article 1 section 8 of the constitution, expre
Congress, Part II
a. Resources of Party Leaders
b. Committee system
b.i. Creation in House and Senate
b.ii. How system solves collective action problems
b.iii. Prevention of agency loss
c. Logic of Collective Decision-making
Elections, Part A, 11.13.13
Logic of Elections
a. What purpose do elections serve?
a.i. Mechanism for keeping agents (elected representatives) responsible to principals
b. How do elections help minimize agency loss?
b.i. Gives ordi
Start the judiciary
Organization of federal courts
Where does it come from?
How is it maintained?
a. Bureaucratic culture
a.i. Bureaucrats develop a strong sense of what t
Judiciary Part II
Exam on Wednesday
Finish discussing judiciary
How is it maintained?
Courts and policy
Courts and principal-agent relations
a. Supreme Courts authority to review state court ac
Political Parties, 11.20.13
Why political parties?
o Parties in the electorate
o Parties in government
o Parties as organization
Advantages disadvantages of two party
Current party system
Presidents party does ve
Political Parties 11.25.13
Two Party System
a. Rare for other political parties to emerge in American parties because of the
two major political parties.
b. U.S. has traditionally been a two-party system.
c. Of course, 3rd parties have existed, a
I. Civil Rights
1. In class exam, closed book and closed notes
2. Good time management is the key.
3. Answer 3 of 5 short answer questions.
4. Short answers should be 1 deep or 2 paragraphs.
Example: What are conformity costs? In what wa
You have inquired about your re-election chances in the 2012 senate campaign. You
should run for re-election in 2012 despite Californian voters dismal congressional approval
ratings and large challenges coming from the GOP in the California senate race be
The 3rd exam is on Monday, December 9th
Structure is identical to your prior exams
Material covered: Public opinion through interest groups!
Defining Interest Groups
a. Interest groups: organized group of people that makes policy-related app