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Legislators who bring jobs back-criticized
Reflects party distribution within chamber
Why are legislators who bring back jobs criticized?
Power to draft legislation
58% women are Democrats
Catholics more liberal on economic issues than Protestants
College-educated more liberal
Longer you are in college, the more liberal
Race and Ethnicity
African-Americans more liberal than whites
The Executive Branch and the Federal Bureaucracy
What does a bureaucracy do?
When you hear the term bureaucracy, what do you think of?
Where do these negative stereotypes come from?
What is the purpose of a bureaucracy?
The Executive Branch and
Formal Organization; 4 parts
Major administrative units with responsibility for a broad area of government
Indicates a permanent national interest.
Businesses established by Congress that perform fun
Chapter 7: Congress
The Roots of the Legislative Branch
Modeled after the bicameral British Parliament
Senate- most powerful upper house. Unique powers to ratify treaties and approve presidential
The Constitution and the Legislative Branch of Gov
The Politics of Influence
Past and Present
Interest groups and parties
All individuals pursue their own interests
Interest groups speak to some, but not all of us.
They seek to influence government for their own ends.
Who is Being Organized?
A disturbance can heighten peoples awareness of need to be organized
Quality of Leadership
Higher SES, more likely to join.
Publicity and Mass Media Appeals
Mass Mailing more on e-mail today
Influence on Rule Making
The Campaign Process, Voting, and Elections
Nature of Modern Campaigns
Most electoral contests are similar in a number of ways.
Nomination campaign aimed at winning primary.
General election campaign aimed at winning final race.
Elections: The Rules of th
Obama made gains in South and West.
Voter turnout was as high as it had been since 1964.
Obamas choice not to use public financing helped him.
African Americans and women were keys for Obama.
Money in U.S. Elections
Interested money: giv