Learning Objectives

After reading this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Describe the tensions between local representation and national lawmaking
  • Explain how checks and balances work between the Congress and the executive and judicial branches
  • Identify the politics that influence how congressional districts are defined and who runs for Congress
  • Summarize the central role that the parties play in the Congress
  • Describe the process of congressional policymaking
  • Discuss the relationship between the people and Congress