Saturday, February 28, 2015

Chapter 15 Part VI


How did the Marshall Court monumentally shape the Court's powers?

Why did FDR try to pack the Court, and why did he fail?

In what ways did the Warren Court move in a more conservative direction?

What are some of the exceptions to the Burger Court's conservatism?

How does today's Court remain relatively conservative?  Are there any recent cases that might show that this is changing?

Chapter 15 Part V


Why do original jurisdiction courts have so little discretion to hear a case, and the Supreme Court has so much?  What is the difference between the kinds of cases they hear?

How does the solicitor general influence which cases the Supreme Court should hear?

Why is opinion writing so important to the Supreme Court's process?

How and why do liberals and conservatives disagree about original intent and meaning?

Why can it be difficult to enforce a court's decision?  Use at least one specific example.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Chapter 15 Parts 3 and 4


In what ways might the Senate have more authority over nominations and confirmations than the President?

Why is the confirmation process getting longer over time?

Why do senators have less influence over a president's nomination to the Supreme Court?

What are some of the most important criteria that will make a candidate likely for presidential nomination?

Chapter 15, Parts I and II


What are the arguments both for and against the courts' influence in policymaking?

What are the requirements a plaintiff needs to meet in order to bring about a court case?

How do interest groups influence court cases?

What is the difference between district and appellate courts?

Under what circumstances can a case make it all the way to the Supreme Court?

Friday, February 20, 2015

Chapter 14 Part V


Consider at least 2 ways that a president can control the bureaucracy.  Explain why one of these methods is more influential than the other.

Consider at least 2 ways that Congress can control the bureaucracy.  Explain why one of these methods is more influential than the other.

Can iron triangles control the bureaucracy in some ways while the bureaucracy can also use iron triangles to its advantage?  Explain.

Chapter 14 Part IV


Munn v. Illinois
Interstate Commerce Commission
National Labor Relations Board
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Chapter 14, Part III


The text lists several reasons why policy implementation fails.  Choose two, and explain why they are the most pressing.  Then choose one other reason and explain why it is less of a problem.

Why is the Voting Rights Act of 1965 seen as successful policy implementation?

Would it be more effective for a bureaucracy to implement policy if it turned towards privatization?  Why or why not?

Chapter 14 Part I and II


What are some of the misconceptions about bureaucrats?

How has the process of becoming a bureaucrat changed overtime?

What are some specific acts of government that helped remove corruption and partisan politics from the bureaucracy?

Name an example of each type of bureaucratic agency.  What differentiates them; i.e. why are they organized into four separate categories?