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Congress #8

March 2, 2011

We look at how congress is a playing ground of competing interests.  Competition hopefully leads to a trim, efficient, and effective system that promotes public policy while supporting political policy and agendas.  Balancing agenda that may conflict with public opinion is often on the table.  Agenda theoretically should promote the needs and interests of the people while assuring goals of the nation to provide for order and equality.  Hence, the need to preserve freedom which is often valued highly by the citizenry is off set by need for order and protection of the minority.  We consider the pluralist goals and the majoritarian goals in this review of the processes of Congress, procedures, balances, and behaviors.

Source References:

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Shea, Daniel, Joanne Green, and Christopher Smith.  2007.  Living Democracy.  Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall.
Schmidt, Steffan, Mack Shelley, and Barabara Bardes.  2008.  American Government and Politics Today.  Belmont, CA: Thomson Wadsworth.
Miroff, Bruce, Raymond Seidelman, and Todd Swanstrom.  2007.  The Democratic Debate.  Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Company.
Gitelson, Alan, Robert L. Dudley, and Melvin Dubnick. 2008. American Government.  Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Company.
Dreslang, Dennis, James Gosling.  2008.  Politics and Policy in American States and Communities.  New York, NY: Pearson Longman.

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