State Politics Take Home Midterm
Short Answer. Select 5. 10 pts. each.
- Why care about the work state governments are doing?
- What was the reapportionment revolution and why did it transform state politics?
- “Networks” are big in state politics. What is meant by this, and who is involved?
- Why are some legislatures more suitable for careers than others?
- Describe why state legislatures are not simple imitations of Congress.
- Holyoke and Cummins (2019) and Hankins (2020) attempt to describe a common question about state governments using different theories, methods, and analyses. Briefly describe both articles and make the case for how each takes on the idea of “states as laboratories.”
Essay. Select 2. 25 pts. each.
- One of your friends is convinced that 3rd parties can’t make it to their state’s ballot because they “just have bad ideas,” while another believes it’s a conspiracy created by the Republican and Democratic parties. How do you respond?
- Describe, in detail, what federalism is, why federalism evolves, and your take on the current status of federalism. Given the current status, are the states and federal government prepared to deal with COVID-19?
- Describe how state political parties can affect candidate behavior, from their entry into politics (nomination) all the way to ambition for higher office.
Extra Credit (+1)
How does the following graphic from NPR/ PBS Newshour/ Marist Polling exemplify the role of state governments in federalism?