7 The Confederacy of Dunces: The Legislative Function. Democratic Legislatures. While lawmaking is the most fundamental role legislative institutions play, they perform all of the following roles Lawmaking, Representing, Checking, Legitimating, and Educating These will be examined in turn.
- Gerrymandering: intentionally drawing districts to gain partisan advantag
- Splitting the loyalty of the representative between the nation’s and the district’s best interest
- District loyalty discourages party loyalty and encourages pork-barrel politics
- Much of the legislator’s job is comprise of constituent service