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1. What do Aldrich and Rohde say about the power of the party leadership?

  • 'members are more likely to entrust the party leadership with greater resources and stronger rules, on the condition that preferences are relatively homogenous within parties and relatively heterogenous between parties'
  • 'the larger the party membership, the weaker the leadership'
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2. What does Cran note about political parties?

  • they have 'always tended to be coalitions'
  • they have all become catch-all

3. Who argues that committees are just extensions of party power?

  • Strom
  • Linz

4. Which of the following is not, according to Thomas, a factor in the decline in the ability of the legislature to control the exectutive?

  • growth of big government
  • lack of 'elective dictatorship'
  • rise of media as a political actor
  • public disapproval of the legislature
  • emergence of disciplined political parties

5. What did Hamilton say the upper chamber afforded protection against?

  • 'an excess of law-making'
  • 'corruption and bribery'

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