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POLS 3327 THE AMERICAN PRESIDENCY BOOTH SPRING 2006 MJDTERM REVIEW SHEET n0te The midterm exam is comprehensive and the objective is to assess your ability to discuss ideas theories and findings across the literature and beyondithat is to synthesize the works we have read and discussed This review is by no means exhaustive and you should studyreview all of the literature and class notes 1 Overall be able to idennfy de ne discuss and compare each of the following elements from each of the 8 works we have read and discussed to this point in the semester 1 What is the Research Question or questions ie the thesis of the workarticlebook 2 What inconsistency gap or problem in the extant literature is this work addressinganswering 3 How does each work go about doing this ie the model i what are their hypotheses ii what measuresvariables do they use dependent and independent variables iii what are their data 4 What does the work find i are they right whywhy not ii what are the implications of their findings theoreticallynormativelyempiricallyfor democratic theory ect iii how could you do it better39 so what are the problems that we could address with future research 2 What is the goal of social science specifically political science research And what is the method by which this goal is realized so explain the scientific metho 3 What are the main formal and informal powers jobs of the president in the US i how do each of the works from class explore one or more of these informalformal jobs of the president 4 What is the inefficient secret How might it be applied to bargaining over policymaking How might it be wrong or at least underspecified 5 What is the definition of democracy and what are the main goals of democracy i how do each of the works findings have implications for democracy for the US ii what are some reforms to our current electoral legislative executive and party institutions that might help improve the democraticness of the US 6 What is the electionseeking hypothesis or assumption what are its implications for each of the works 7 What are the main theoretical approaches to studying the president focus Edwards Kessel amp Rockman i how could you apply each of these to the works we have read ii What is the main obstacle to each of these approaches ability to model presidential behavioroutcomes the unit of analysis is often the president so what is the Nl problem amp how do these works et around this problem Fully explain and consider the presidentcentered approach How do each of the works account for this idea i How do we use amp what are the limits of each of the following measures 1 Barber s Typology 2 Cronin amp Genovese s Symbolic Leadership types 3 presidential power 4 expert and public evaluations 5 prestige 6 reputation 7 leadership 8 accountability 9 Fully explain and consider the presidencycentered approach How do each of the works account for this idea i does the pquot iquot n quott r d approach A the bargaining setting completely that is does it measure the dynamic between institutions actors and parties or does it simply account for the considerations of the president given the Congressional political arena and constraints and in which works ii What is institutional pluralism iii What is divided government iv What is institutionalization What causes it How is it measured When was the presidency institutionalized and whyhow do we know v What is the effect of the electoral cycle midterm and presidential election year and presidential tenure 10 What is the declineof parties thesisidea i How might it be an artifact of technological changes institutional changes andor cultural changes ii Which works have theoretical findings that contribute to our understanding of the decline of parties so hint especially focus on the contributions to this by Ragsdale and Theis 1997 amp Milkis 1993 ll What are Programmatic Liberalism and progressive reform i What were the presidential contributions to these reformsprogram s ii How did they each obtain these achievements and at what future costs or benefits to the parties the masses the special interest groups future presidents andor congress iii Define and give examples of party realignment party dealignment and party coalitions ex conservative coalition iv Overall what is the state of progressiveliberalnew deal policies laws and protections today and why aa How has the meaning of individualism in our culture changed overtime v Comparecontrast the goals and outcomessuccessesfailures of FDRNew Deal with LBJGreat Society 12 What are the Congressional reforms of the 1970 s What is their effect on the current interaction between the executive and legislature on policymaking i How might have special interest groups have taken over the role of parties or received more benefits in the twilight of party decline How is this 39 39 39 quot How is this increased due to the current bargaining setting and executive veto powers 13 What factors contribute and how to legislative conflict or gridlock 39 w do the works definemeasure legislative conflict or gridlock ii What is the bargaining setting that each uses so what are the actors in the legislative bargaining which actors do they fail to model assume or leave out iii What is the impact of the party on gridlock How does divided government matter iv What is the importance of the legislation in considering outcomes of gridlock or legislative conflict v What do the findings about legislation importance proposalveto rights and institutional configurations say about democracy in the US so what about electoral efficiency participation and representation are they left out of the considerationsimplications


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