Question On January 20, 2021, Joe Biden will become the 46th president of the United States. President Biden has committed to a very ambitious agenda. Yet, he may find himself limited by the political balance of power – with Republicans likely holding a majority in the Senate. 1. How would this new political balance affect the political process? What are the tools that President Biden can use to promote his policy agenda? How can Republicans in Congress frustrate the President’s agenda? 2. Imagine for now that the two run-off Senate elections in Georgia will result in one Republican win and one Democratic win. What are the considerations of these Senators in their votes in the Senate on bills supported by President Biden? Note that Biden narrowly won in Georgia. 3. More broadly, do you think that a political situation of a divided government was envisioned favorably by the founders of the Constitution? Do you think that a divided government strengthens or undermines American Democracy? Guidelines 1. The assignment relies on the assigned readings for class (as listed on the syllabus), on class lectures, and two additional readings. Make sure you put to use all relevant material and make proper references to them. Look specifically at the following items: • From class readings: o Federalist papers: 10, 15 o Mayhew, Congress: The Electoral Connection o Jones, Perspectives on the Presidency o Debating the Issues: Checks and Balances • Additional Readings: o, Curry, and Lee. 2020. Unified or Divided Government? https://www.niskanencenter.org/unified-or-divided-government-it-wont-matter-as- much-as-you-think-for-Biden-and-the-democrats/ o, Dionne. 2020. The Destructive Myth about Divided Government https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/divided-government-is-a-destructive- myth/2020/12/02/24c58faa-34dd-11eb-8d38-6aea1adb3839_story.html 2. The length of the assignment should not exceed 3 pages not including cover pages and references. The assignment should be submitted using font size 12 with 1.5 space between lines and standard margins. 3. The – views very severely plagiarism of any sorts (copying from another student or a paper from a different source); please do not make this mistake. I have no tolerance for such incidents.
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