Merican Government and Politics Study question
Syllabus (The require reading)
Reading: Kerbel, ch. 9 Canon et al, ch. 5
4/13-4/20 The Executive Branch: Presidency and Bureaucracy
Reading: Kerbel, chs. 10, 11 Canon et al, chs. 6, 7
Reading: Kerbel, ch. 12 Canon et al, ch. 8
4/27 Summing up
Reading: Teles (Moodle)
4/29 Public Policy
Reading: Kerbel, chs. 15, 16
Canon et al, chs. 13, 14, 15
1.Kerbel, Matthew R. American Government: Your Voice, Your Future, 5th ed. Freeload Press. 2014. ISBN: 9780982324172.
2.Canon, David T., John J. Coleman, and Kenneth R. Mayer, eds. Fault Lines: Debating the Issues in American Politics, 4th ed. W. W. Norton, 2014. ISBN: 9780393921595.
Answer questions below regarding to the reading
The actual exam questions will draw on the same material as these questions, but will not be identical to them. In addition to these essay questions, there will be several short-answer questions based mostly on the readings. In all cases, use examples to illustrate your essay.
1. What are the major characteristics of the federal bureaucracy? What does it do? Why is it important? What constitutional questions does it raise?
2. How does Congress try to control the federal bureaucracy? Why is this important? 3. How can a president control the federal bureaucracy? Why is this important?
4. Describe the basic structure of the federal judiciary. What are the main responsibilities of the various federal courts? How has judicial review affected the power of the federal judiciary?
5. Describe the decision making process in the Supreme Court from taking a case to issuing a decision.
6. In what ways is the Supreme Court political? How is the judiciaryi??s role in American politics and government different from those of Congress and the President?
7. How do committees and parties organize Congress? Discuss both the House and Senate in your essay.
8. What is the institutional presidency? Why is it important? What is its basic structure? 9. What techniques do presidents use to achieve their goals?
10. Compare the House and Senate in terms of structure and procedure. What are the main differences and similarities between the two? What is the relationship between the House and Senate?
11. Discuss the ways in which Congress fulfills (or not) its two main purposes: representation and policy making.
12. In what ways do interest groups attempt to influence members of Congress? What is the i??iron triangle?i??
13. Describe the steps of the legislative process.