Analysis Of The Arguments Of Hibbing & Morse, Brady & Jr, And James A. Stimson

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The United States Congress, a bicameral body that is responsible for legislating the world’s most powerful democracy, has consistently suffered from inordinately low approval ratings from the American public. There are multitudinous hypotheses from political scientists that offer postulates as to why this particular branch of government has been burdened by the scourge of popular disapproval. One ostensible consideration in the analysis of this phenomenon is the inherent nature of democracy itself. One must ask if the constitutional framework of American democracy itself is conducive to widespread popular approval; moreover, are the legislative expectations held by the average American citizen completely unreasonable or are the legislators themselves truly culpable for their abysmal ratings? In evaluating the arguments of Hibbing & Morse, Brady & Theriault, and James A. Stimson, I find that each makes compelling and substantive claims; however, when focusing on more modern data (post 1980), Stimson provides the most persuasive argument.
Hibbing & Morse scrutinize the expectations of the electorate by examining the processes and functions of a democratically elected legislative body and juxtaposing these realities to the lofty ideals held by the American public. They postulate that the transparency within the legislative framework serves to promote even greater criticism of, and more aversion to the legislative process. Hibbing & Morse find that the American public prefers…

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