- Do the nature of Congress and the roles of its members make it a truly representative body?
- Explore how parliamentary systems function and compare them to our congressional system.
- Based on the reading of how legislatures function, compare the textbook to what you have seen by watching the news. Do legislatures actually function as textbooks suggest they do? Explain.
- Are interest groups vital to democracy, or do they distort democracy? Explain.
- Discuss the nature of executive power and the framersâ€™ intentions for the presidency.
- From where do other nationsâ€™ leaders derive their power? For example, compare the source of power in both the British monarch and Prime Minister to our presidents.
- Explore the â€œevery-dayâ€ meaning of executive power. How does the “every-day” executive power impact citizens? Explain the importance of understanding “every-day” executive power.
- Perhaps the most famous modern study of the presidency is Richard Neustadtâ€™s Presidential Power. Contrary to earlier views, Neustadt suggested the main power source is not the Constitution (as the best known work at the timeâ€“Edward S. Corwinâ€™s The President: Office and Powersâ€“suggested), but rather presidentsâ€™ persuasive abilities, as affected by their situation relative to others (â€œstatus and authorityâ€).