Public Opinion and
Defining Public Opinion
those opinions held by private persons which governments find it prudent to heed. (V.O. Key Jr.)
In democracies, politicians heed the opinions of voters in anticipation of elections
Why do we have a government?
What is its job?
Government resolves collective action problems
What are collective action
Collective action is the effort required of a group to reach and implement agreements
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Assigned on the basis of state population
2 members per state
Reassigned every 10 years after the census
Joint Constitutional Powers
Admit new st
the White House
is a model of neatness.
From its impressive
security to its impeccable
views, every detail
Poli Sci 21A
The End Approaches
The end is near!
Finals are approaching!
Get your bluebooks!
Fill out evaluations!
Was I great? Give me high scores!
Did I suck? Say th
Trustee vs delegate
The Trustee model suggest that the legislator should act as she
personally deems best for her constituents, even if they disagree.
The delegate model suggests that the legislator should act only on the
instruction of his or her
Political science 21a final review sheet
Part 1 congress (representation)
1. What is meant by representation? Makes present that which is not literally present.
Representation included Descriptive () representation and Substantive (
Intro to American Government: Final Study Guide
1. What is meant by representation?
2. Why is it hard to determine what makes a good representative and what makes good
3. What are the advantages and dis
The News Media
Matthew N. Beckmann
Two Media Audiences
Outside the Beltway
Inside the Beltway
Filling the News Hole
How Reporters Decide What is News
Assessing the 4th Estate
Two Media Audi
Casework - legislative work on behalf of individual constituents to solve their problems with
government agencies and programs
-example: social security checks- can call if trouble getting them
- can also expedite passports and give
1. Which of the following is a right guaranteed by the Bill of Rights? A) Public Education B)
Employment C) Trial by Jury D) Voting
C)Trial by Jury
2. True or Falsethe census is taken every five years?
Falseevery 10 years
3. The numb
Experiential Creative Project
Ideas for Political Experiences
I am asking you to seek out a novel (with few exceptions, you should not just rely on a previous
experience or continuation thereof) political experience this summer. The following are
Professor: Misty Knight-Finley
Office: SSPB 2223
Office Hours: Tuesdays 11:00-12:00, and by appointment
INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN GOVERNMENT
This course introduces the foundational theories of political science
Midterm Review Sheet
1. Collective action problems
a. Collective action-the efforts of a group to reach and implement agreements
b. Problems that arise?
i. Deciding what you want
ii. Deciding what you are willing to contribute
It is a test of neutrality which has 3 conditions litigated by the Supreme Court to avoid running
afoul of the establishment prohibition (the establishment of religion clause is respecting an
establishment of religion or prohibiting the free e
Why Do We Have Parties?
We need majority alliances to pass legislation
Parties support the development of stable legislative and electoral alliances
Parties reduce transaction costs
Parties mobilize voters
Need voters to win; parties encourage
Constitutional Powers of the
Chief ExecutiveExecutive power
Faithfully execute the laws of the United States
Commander-in-Chief of the Army and Navy. . .and of the militia of the several states
Partial war powers
Power to grant
1) Define. Provide a clear and concise definition FIRSTdemonstrate that you know the
term. You can paraphrase or use the textbook/lecture definitions.
This is necessary to receive a C (75%) on the question.
2) Expand. Go beyo
Midterm Review Sheet
TAs additional office hours: after class on Fri
Define define the term (what it is)
Elaborate give more information about the definition (what is it made out of? How did it
Compare/contrast (to anything that might be relevant