American National Government
Due by/on Wednesday, December 9
Please answer three questions. Send the responses to me via email. Please be detailed in your responses as each question is worth 25 points.
1. Mayhew provides three re-election activities in his discussion on Congress. What are they? Which activity do you believe is the most important for a Congressman? The three activities that Mayhew engaged in with Congress is advertising, credit claiming, and position taking.
Advertising, defined as “ any effort to disseminate ones name among constituents in such a fashion as to create a favorable image put in messages having little or no issue content.”
Credit Claiming is defined as “ …show more content…
This is their opportunity to really stand out and make people decide if they want to follow and vote for this person during that election. Taking a position on a popular and controversial issue such as saying that “war should be ended immediately” can really influence people’s decisions.
2.Identify three roles/functions that political parties play. Explain one of the important functions a political party plays in American politics.
Political parties perform an important task in government. They bring people together to achieve control of the government, develop policies favorable to their interests or the groups that support them, and organize and persuade voters to elect their candidates to office. The three roles that political parties play is to select candidates, use the media to persuade voters, and to monitor the opposing candidates. All of these roles help the political parties gain power and more votes during the election.
Select Candidates. Political parties nominate candidates for political office. They narrow the field to credible candidates, which simplifies the voters'