Publication Date

2015

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

First Advisor

Seagrave, S. Adam

Degree Name

M.A. (Master of Arts)

Department

Department of Political Science

LCSH

Political science||Political science||Political parties--United States

Abstract

This thesis outlines the evolution of representation in America, arguing that representation has over time been warped by the encouraged factionalism of political parties. Political parties create partisan forms of the classic delegate and trustee models which do not allow legislators the ability to perform either function simply or completely. Partisan forms of representation have a direct effect on the American telos in that, by allowing and encouraging large party organizations to influence and complicate legislative (and constituent) decision making, those involved may be prevented from acting in pursuit of the well-being of the nation, the protection of natural rights.

Comments

Advisors: Adam Seagrave.||Committee members: Andrea Radasanu; Matthew Streb.

Extent

46 pages

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University

Rights Statement

In Copyright

Rights Statement 2

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Media Type

Text

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