President has advisors
Often these advisors have overlapping areas
The president can hear all sides of the argument because of his advisors, yet still
make the final decision.
Collegial staffing arrangement: the president gets immersed in the
Committees: Everything that happens in congress happens in a committee first.
They are the work forces of congress. If you control the committees, you essentially
Several different types of committees:
Standing committees: permanent
After 1st exam
Public Opinion: The collective attitudes of the citizens concerning a given issue or
One's opinion on any issue. Ex) Do you believe in the death penalty?
1) The publics attitude towards a given government policy can vary over
Federalism: the division of power between a central go't and a regional gov't
Dual federalism: The constitution is a compact among sovereign states so that the powers of the
national gov't and the states are clearly differentiated.
Chapter 11: Congress
The Origin and Powers of Congress
The Great Compromise:
A bill can not become a law unless it is passed
in identical form by both chambers.
During the drafting of the Constitution in 1787,
"the fiercest struggle for power
Chapters 1 and 2
Globalization: the increasing interdependence of citizens and nations across the world.
Being dependent on each other.
What happens in the US affects more then just the people in America.
No one likes being told what to do, yet billio
Policymaking- Chap 17.
Public policy: a general plan of action adopted by the government to solve a social problem,
counter a threat, or pursue (or not) an objective.
The disagreements that come are related to values and decision making.
The theory of democratic government.
Autocracies: a system of government in which the power to govern is concentrated
in the hands of one individual.
This is not a democracy, a democracy is a government ruled by the
Demo: common peop
Political parties and what parties do
Voter turn out: the percentage of people who actually turn out to vote.
Who's allowed to vote in a US presidential election?
Citizens who are over 18, some fellons.
In 1788 who could vote? Rich white land owners o
The supreme law of the land.
Defines the basic structure of our government in 4300 words.
Binds every government official to support it.
Has symbolic as well as real power.
Water Gate crisis demonstrated the power of the Const
Federalism: A division of power between central government and regional government.
Creating the federal government provided for a stronger national government. It
also, in many ways, protected the states rights.
The reason people were in fav