GOVT 67030 University of California Irvine Congress and Presidency Discussion

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Question Set #3 - Congress & the Presidency

Please respond to each of the four short response questions posted below. Your answers should be short, focused, and complete, ranging from one to three paragraphs. 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, group discussions, 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.

Each answer will be worth 25 points, for 100 points total. The Question Set is due on Canvas at 11:59 pm on Monday, May 11th. You should upload your response as a docx file or PDF to the Question Set #3 assignment tab.

  1. 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?
  2. What are the benefits of the Congressional committee system? What are the possible downsides? How do the parties use this structure to their advantage?
  3. In your view, what are the most important factors that contributed to the rise of presidential power in modern American Government?
  1. 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 Kernell’s theory update Neustadt’s idea? Are they compatible?

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Week 5 Lectures: Congress Week 5 Videos: 1. The Electoral Connection (18:53) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jslvHRQHFv8 (https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=jslvHRQHFv8) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jslvHRQHFv8) 2. Parties in Congress (18:26) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aN5djb0DwLI (https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=aN5djb0DwLI) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aN5djb0DwLI) 3. How a bill becomes a law (11:52) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DT9zqyM8CVQ v=DT9zqyM8CVQ) (https://www.youtube.com/watch? (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DT9zqyM8CVQ) 4. Organizing for Collective Action (28:11) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQdTagWXFdk (https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=aQdTagWXFdk) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQdTagWXFdk) 5. The Logic of Specialization and Information Processing (32:42) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_Utvyf-NEQ (https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=Z_Utvyf-NEQ) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_Utvyf-NEQ) 6. Iron Triangles and Participation in Committee Lawmaking (28:20) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JR7ivQheH4 (https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=4JR7ivQheH4) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JR7ivQheH4) Week 5 Slides for Notetaking: 1. The Electoral Connection (https://canvas.eee.uci.edu/courses/24631/files/9448568/download? wrap=1) (https://canvas.eee.uci.edu/courses/24631/files/9448568/download?wrap=1) 2. Parties in Congress (https://canvas.eee.uci.edu/courses/24631/files/9448569/download?wrap=1) (https://canvas.eee.uci.edu/courses/24631/files/9448569/download?wrap=1) 3. How a bill becomes a law (https://canvas.eee.uci.edu/courses/24631/files/9448570/download? wrap=1) (https://canvas.eee.uci.edu/courses/24631/files/9448570/download?wrap=1) 4. Organizing for Collective Action (https://canvas.eee.uci.edu/courses/24631/files/9448567/download?wrap=1) (https://canvas.eee.uci.edu/courses/24631/files/9448567/download?wrap=1) 5. The Logic of Specialization and Information Processing (https://canvas.eee.uci.edu/courses/24631/files/9448565/download?wrap=1) (https://canvas.eee.uci.edu/courses/24631/files/9448565/download?wrap=1) 6. Iron Triangles and Participation in Committee Lawmaking (https://canvas.eee.uci.edu/courses/24631/files/9448566/download?wrap=1) (https://canvas.eee.uci.edu/courses/24631/files/9448566/download?wrap=1) Enrichment Video Washington Post Political Dictionary. What is Hastert's Rule? Political Dictionary: What is Hastert's rule? Vox. The Weird Rule that Broke American Politics. The weird rule that broke American politics Week 5 Readings: Congress The following readings are assigned for this week. Please be sure to read the entire chapter. The link takes you to the introduction. American Government Chapter 11: Congress (https://openstax.org/books/american- government-2e/pages/11-introduction) Arnold, Douglas. “Can Inattentive Citizens Control Their Elected Representatives? (https://canvas.eee.uci.edu/courses/24631/files/9034384/download?wrap=1) (https://canvas.eee.uci.edu/courses/24631/files/9034384/download?wrap=1) ” in Congress Reconsidered. Week 6 Lectures: The Presidency Week 6 Videos: 1. The Constitutional Presidency (12:59) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73yj9dPCyhE (https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=73yj9dPCyhE) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73yj9dPCyhE) 2. The Electoral College (14:47) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNKjPnkpB1E (https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=mNKjPnkpB1E) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNKjPnkpB1E) 3. Exerting Presidential Power (22:52) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DFuaNJ-Gx0 DFuaNJ-Gx0) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DFuaNJ-Gx0) 4. Why Presidents Use Vetoes Reluctantly Link (https://youtu.be/NPWmKnIq9NM) (https://youtu.be/NPWmKnIq9NM) 5. The Administrative State and Presidential Power. Part 1. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=- Link (https://youtu.be/9MDKuHl0UI4) (https://youtu.be/9MDKuHl0UI4) 6. The Administrative State and Presidential Power. Part 2 Link (https://youtu.be/mhH5MO4S-bY) (https://youtu.be/mhH5MO4S-bY) Week 6 Slides for Notetaking: 1. The Constitutional Presidency (https://canvas.eee.uci.edu/courses/24631/files/9565427/download?wrap=1) (https://canvas.eee.uci.edu/courses/24631/files/9565427/download?wrap=1) 2. The Electoral College (https://canvas.eee.uci.edu/courses/24631/files/9565428/download?wrap=1) (https://canvas.eee.uci.edu/courses/24631/files/9565428/download?wrap=1) 3. Exerting Presidential Power (https://canvas.eee.uci.edu/courses/24631/files/9565429/download? wrap=1) (https://canvas.eee.uci.edu/courses/24631/files/9565429/download?wrap=1) 4. Why Presidents Use Vetoes Reluctantly (https://canvas.eee.uci.edu/courses/24631/files/9565425/download?wrap=1) (https://canvas.eee.uci.edu/courses/24631/files/9565425/download?wrap=1) 5. The Administrative State and Presidential Power Parts 1 and 2. (https://canvas.eee.uci.edu/courses/24631/files/9565426/download?wrap=1) (https://canvas.eee.uci.edu/courses/24631/files/9565426/download?wrap=1) Enrichment Video How do executive orders work? Christina Greer (http://%20%20%204:21%20/%204:47%20How%20do%20executive%20orders%20work?%20%20Christina%20Greer) Week 6 Readings: The Presidency The following readings are assigned for this week. Please be sure to read the entire chapter. The link takes you to the introduction. American Government, Chapter 12: The Presidency (https://openstax.org/books/american- government-2e/pages/12-introduction) Azari, Julia. 2016. “Trump's presidency signals the end of the Reagan Era (https://www.vox.com/mischiefs-of-faction/2016/12/1/13794680/trump-presidency-reagan-era-end) .” Vox. Neustadt, Richard. 1990. Presidential Power (https://canvas.eee.uci.edu/courses/24631/files/9565430/download?wrap=1) (https://canvas.eee.uci.edu/courses/24631/files/9565430/download?wrap=1) . Excerpt Kernell, Samuel. 2006. Going Public (https://canvas.eee.uci.edu/courses/24631/files/9565431/download?wrap=1) (https://canvas.eee.uci.edu/courses/24631/files/9565431/download?wrap=1) . Excerpt
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Congress and Presidency
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Question 1
There are different goals that a member of Congress wishes to archive. These goals shape
their behaviors from different perspectives as from the video “Exerting Presidential Power.” One
of these goals is making laws for better governance. To ensure that there is an existing law making,
members of Congress will have to follow set regulations, thus making them observant. Another
goal is ensuring that all the people they represent are secured. This will shape their behavior in that
they will work for the enforcement of security within the environment.
The other goal that shapes members of Congress's behavior are re-election. They work hard
to ensure that they adequately represent the people who elected them, which will help in ensuring
that they will be elected again in the coming election. To be re-elected, members of Congress will
be hardworking even this could not be their original personality (Julia, 2016). They will also be
humbled and will work in ensuring that they have raised the living standard of the people they
represent. This could not be the case if they were not aiming for re-election. The re-election
incentive may make members of Congress be individuals r...


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