Congress

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  • Do parties play an important role in Congress?
    • NO
      • View of constituents can often outweigh party considerations - especially for House members.
      • Parties have no control over candidate selection.
      • Both parties are made up of ideological factions that compete with party cohesion.
      • The executive branch has few methods to incentivise party discipline.
    • YES
      • Leadership in Congress in run by the parties.
      • Committees in Congress are organised by parties.
      • With increased partisanship, party discipline is much stronger in Congress than it used to be.
      • Party is an important determinant of voting in Congress.
      • It is almost impossible be elected to Congress without being a major party candidate.

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