Wednesday, January 26, 2011

chapter 12

Read Chapter 12
Chapter 12
Do Half

1. What is our central policymaking branch?
2. What is the most prominent characteristic of a congressperson’s job?
3. Review table 12.1
4. What do Congressmen receive?
5. Requirements to serve?
6. Review and discuss table 12.2
7. Relate 12.2 to elite theory?
8. What group is most underrepresented?
9. Explain the difference between descriptive v. substantive representation?
10. Define Incumbent
11. Most important fact about incumbents?
12. Assess table 12.1. Note 2 important trends.
13. Why more turnover in senate?
14. What are the possible explanations for the encumbency advantage?
15. What are the 3 activities that help incumbents
16. What is the role of advertising?
17. What is credit claiming?
18. What is casework?
19. What is pork barrel?
20. What is the role of position taking?
21. Discuss weak opponents, and campaign spending?
22. Is campaign spending a guarantee of victory?
23. Why should anyone run?
24. What makes incumbents weak?
25. Role of redistricting?
26. Explain the Cartoon on p. 363?
27. Open seats?
28. What are term limitations?
29. Bicameral legislature
30. How/ why is the House more institutionalized?
31. House rules committee? Define. Explain.
32. Diference in senate and house?
33. What is the role of Party Leaders in the Senate?
34. What is a filibuster?
35. Who is strom Thurman?
36. What is cloture?
37. Why not change the rules of the Senate?
38. Def: Speaker of the house?
39. Who is speaker of the house?
40. Powers of the speaker?
41. Majority Leader?
42. Whips?
43. Minority Leader (and who)
44. Senate:
45. Senate majority leader?
46. Discuss role of congressional leadership?...
47. What do Committees do?
48. What are the 4 types of committees?
49. Define standing, joint, conference and select committees
50. What is a conference committee?
51. What is a select committee?
52. What is legislative oversight?
53. Discuss getting on a committee?
54. Def committee chairs
55. Def. seniority system
56. Wilson said what of Gov of US?
57. What was the 1070’s committee revolt?
58. Caucus
59. GAO
60. CRS
61. CBO
62. Def. Bill?
63. How is a Bill passed to a law?
64. What does it mean to say that presidential leadership in Congress is at the margins?
65. Party influence in voting?
66. Constituency vs. Idology?
67. How many Lobbyists?
68. How much spent?

Friday, January 7, 2011

winter reading.

either pick one:

confessions of an economic hitman
the big short
liar's poker
imperial life in the emerald city
primary colors

or get 3-4 (min) students together and get my permission before chosing the book.
have book, or approval for same by next class (your class where the first half of chapter 6 is due), or be prepared to be assigned one of the above if your group of 3-4 picks something that is not acceptable by the instructor.

We'll Go from here.

chapter 11

CH 11
Do first Half

1. Paradox about lobbying?
2. Def. interest groups.
3. Def. Pluralist theory
4. Define elite theory
5. Define Hyperpluralist theory
6. Explain what pluralist theorists offer as a Group theory of politics?
7. How do elite theorists criticize pluralism
8. Discuss ‘corporatization’
9. Summarize elitist view (bullets).
10. Discuss / summarize Figure 11.1
11. Define subgovernment
12. Define iron triangle.
13. Who is Theodore Lowi
14. What Is Hyperpluralism
15. Summarize the Hyperpluralist position on group politics;
16. What factors affect the power of an interest group.
17. Why are large groups often ineffective.
18. Review Table 11.1
19. Define Potential group
20. Define actual group
21. Define collective good
22. Define free-rider problem
23. Define Olson’s law of large groups.
24. Define selective benefits.
25. Why is aarp so powerful?
26. Define single interest group.
27. What is a major indictment of the American interest group?
28. Explain the political cartoon on p. 333. P.331 in old book.
29. Disuss increase in interest groups. (page 11.3)
30. Reasons for explosion in number of interest groups
31. Define Lobbying
32. 2 types of lobbyists
33. How are lobbyists beneficial
34. Effectiveness of lobbying?
35. Why is it difficult to nail down the effectiveness of lobbyists?
36. What is electionerring?
37. What is a PAC?
38. How much PAC money to house incumbents in 1999-00/
39. How does litigation help an interest group?
40. What is an amicus curiae brief?
41. What is Regents of the UC v. Bakke?
42. What is a class action lawsuit?
43. How do interest groups market their reputation (ex).
44. List 4 important clusters of interest groups.
45. Def union shop
46. Define right to work law.
47. What is the largest interest group? 2nd largest?
48. Role of business in interest groups?
49. Goals of environmental groups? Their opponents?
50. Equality interests
51. Def. NAACP.
52. Brown v. board
53. Def. NOW.
54. Def ERA
55. PHillis Schlafly
56. De. Public interest Lobby
57. Ralph Nader
58. Which political theory would Madison adhere to?
59. Elite theory and PACS?
60. Hyperpluralists and PACS?
61. Interest groups and scope of government? Give examples.