Compared to other democratic assemblies, the parties within it are weak.
Others, such as Fennodetail more than one goal, but reelection must be achieved if any of the other goals are to be achieved.
Studies of the US Congress must focus on individuals rather than groups of individuals, such as parties. Members believe that they are constantly in danger of losing either in the primary or in the general election and that they are in a position to improve their chances.
Members engage in three activities: There are three structural units: The committees highly specialized are set up to aid credit-claiming. Parties are not cohesive because members need to avoid taking the "wrong" positions.
In legislation and oversight, unless there are particularistic benefits, members get credit for position-taking, not for passage or implementation.
Since the payoff is for positions, members don't care much about good legislation. Results include delay, particularism, servicing of the organized, symbolism, and blunt, simple acts that everyone can understand.
How does Congress stay afloat? Control committees and party leaders act to make sure that individual interests don't destroy the entire enterprise.
They are paid off with internal benefits as opposed to electoral benefits.Mayhew: Congress. From WikiSummary, the Free Social Science Summary Database.
Understanding For a review of where research on Congressional elections has gone in the years since Mayhew's book, see Jacobson (). Main Argument - Elections - Congress/Electoral Connection.
provider. 98 A good example of Capitol Hill lore on electoral impact is given in this account of the activities of Congressman Frank Thompson, Jr. (D., N.J., 4th district): In , the 4th was altered drastically by redistricting; it lost Burlington County and gained Hunterdon, Warren, and Sussex.
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Rances Vargas The Legislative Process Fall Professor Depalo Congress: The Electoral Connection David R. Mayhew argues that Congress members are “single- minded reelection seekers”, he builds his argument on the notion that members are only driven by the idea of reelection and that reelection must be reached in order to achieve any other goals.
Mar 27, · Congress: The Electoral Connection By David R. Mayhew Mayhew builds his argument on the assumption that Congressmen motivated solely by the quest for reelection. This is the end of the preview.
Sign up to access the rest of the document. Unformatted text preview: 1 The electoral connection and the Congress DAVID R. MAYHEW How to study legislative behavior is a question that does not yield a consensual answer among political scientists, An ethic of conceptual.