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American Government

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  1. American Government Congress II: Mayhew and the Electoral Connection

  2. The Electoral Connection(David Mayhew 1974) • Assumption: Members of Congress are single-minded seekers of reelection. • Kinds of activities: • Advertising • Credit claiming • Position taking

  3. Negative Consequences of the Electoral Connection • Delay • Symbolism http://search.cbsnews.com/?source=cbs&q=Armenian+Genocide • Particularism http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/10/12/eveningnews/main3363037.shtml?source=RSSattr=Politics_3363037 • Servicing the Organized

  4. Americans’ Faith in Congress • How many of you have a great deal of faith in Congress as a whole? • How many of you have a great deal of faith in your Senator/Representative? • www.pollingreport.com/institut.htm