UWEC POLS 110 - Functions of Congress, Representation types, Congressional Elections (3 pages)

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Functions of Congress, Representation types, Congressional Elections, Incumbency statistics


Lecture number:
20
Pages:
3
Type:
Lecture Note
School:
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Course:
Pols 110 - American National Politics
Edition:
1

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POLS 110 1st Edition Lecture 20 Outline of Last Lecture I The Constitution and Congress II Bicameralism III The Constitutional powers of Congress Outline of Current Lecture I Four primary functions of congress II Representation III The inherent contradiction of representation IV A brief discussion of Congressional Elections V Incumbency Current Lecture I II Four primary functions of congress a Representation i How do they reflect the people that elected them in governance decisions b Lawmaking i How do they decide which proposals should become law c Constituent service i What do they do to help the people in their districts d Oversights i What do they do to ensure the government is functioning as intended Representation a Edmund Burke i Theory on representation 1 How members of Congress represent the views of the people who elected them These notes represent a detailed interpretation of the professor s lecture GradeBuddy is best used as a supplement to your own notes not as a substitute III IV V b Trustee Representative i Members makes his her decisions based on what the member thinks 1 Does not rely on public opinion for decisions c Delegate Representative i The member is a delegate of the people and should vote based on what constituents want rather than what is necessarily right 1 Relies on public opinion for decisions d Politico Representation i A theoretical compromise between the 2 the politician looks out for the interests of the district when it is relevant but looks nationally when the policy is not relevant to the district e problem with being delegate they re thinking short term and local interests i Because nobody watching out for good of country only for local interests ii Politico most politicians CLAIM they do The inherent contradiction of representation a Voters claim they want their representatives to make the decisions the nation needs AS LONG AS IT DOES NOT RAISE MY TAXES b Voters want everyone else to should the burden i NIMBY not in my backyard



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