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Institutional Analysis. Lecture 3: The Changing Nature of Congressional Elections. Representative Democracy. Key: Create electoral process that ensured no one faction always dominated. Institutional Mechanisms: Popular Elections Different constituency base Different tenures.

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institutional analysis

Institutional Analysis

Lecture 3: The Changing Nature of Congressional Elections

representative democracy
Representative Democracy
  • Key:
    • Create electoral process that ensured no one faction always dominated.
  • Institutional Mechanisms:
    • Popular Elections
    • Different constituency base
    • Different tenures
nature of politics
Nature of Politics
  • Power to the states
    • In early years, most of the power lay with the state governments.
    • A stint in Washington, or the swamp, was a means of moving up the state political latter. People were mostly rotated in and out of office.
    • As late as 1879, more than half of the Hose members at any given moment were freshmen.
rise of careerism
Rise of Careerism:
  • In the latter half of the 19th Century politicians began to view office seeking and holding as a career.
  • By the end of the century, the proportion of newcomers had fallen to 30 percent and the average House tenure reached 3 terms.
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causes of the rise of careerism
Causes of the Rise of Careerism
  • Proliferation of one-party states and districts
    • After the Civil War, the entrenchment of the Democratic party in the South and cities made it easier to reelect a dominant parties candidate.
  • Increasing power of the federal government
    • As the role of federal government grows, a career in Washington, DC becomes more attractive.
  • Physical environment of Washington DC
    • Some argue with the advent of air conditioning, Congress could stay in session over the summer, making it a viable legislative entity.
question wither democracy
Question: Wither Democracy?
  • As turnover drops and careerisms increases, the concern is how representative are members of Congress to constituents.
  • As the tenure of members of Congress rise, do members become more insulated from electoral demands?