Please respond to each of the four short response questions posted below. Your answers should be short, focused, and complete, three paragraphs each question. Please make sure to answer each specific part of every question. Successful answers will provide details and context that support your arguments and explain your position to the readers. You may also want to provide real world examples taken from the readings, lectures, or your own independent thinking. These illustrations can be from the course materials or your own ideas. Providing this context and being able to apply the material to YOUR OWN understanding of politics really shows us that you have mastered the material.
- What are the varying goals that shape the behavior of members of Congress? How does the incentive for reelection shape their behavior? How can it lead them to be both individually responsive but collectively irresponsible?
- What are the benefits of the Congressional committee system? What are the possible downsides? How do the parties use this structure to their advantage?
- In your view, what are the most important factors that contributed to the rise of presidential power in modern American Government?
- Neustadt & Kernell both describe ways in which a President can deal with Congress & others outside of the executive branch. What are their central arguments? How does Kernellâ€™s theory update Neustadtâ€™s idea? Are they compatible?