Part I Write an essay in response to one of the following four questions (40 points – suggested length: about 2-3 pages) What are the primary goals and motivations of members of Congress? What are some of the things that Congress members do during their time in office to achieve their goals? How does the election- motivated behavior of individual Congress members affect the ability of Congress to perform its institutional role as the national legislature? Part II Madisonian Democracy and Civil Rights (60 points – suggested length: about 4-5 pages) What do the events and achievements of the Civil Rights Movement and the continuing struggle towards civil rights equality demonstrate the quality of democracy in America? Write an essay in which you analyze that question by comparing and contrasting Madisonian versus Participatory/Majoritarian concepts of democracy. In your essay, be sure to … a) Develop a thesis argument about the Civil Rights Movement as a test case for the quality of American democracy. b) Define the concept of Madisonian Democracy, and discuss how it differs from a majoritarian / participatory understanding of democracy. c) Analyze the way that America’s Madisonian governing institutions and democratic processes shaped the important political events and eventual policy outcomes of the Civil Rights Movement. d) Provide counter-arguments about the quality of democracy in America as demonstrated by the Civil Rights movement and the continuing struggle to achieve civil rights equality.
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