The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act
Introduction to US Politics
Part I: Explain why the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act as discussed in the book Act of Congress by Robert G. Kaiser passed or did not pass. What were the main obstacles that the bill had to overcome? How were those obstacles overcome? IMPORTANT: Please identify specific examples within the text of how larger institutions such as Congress, Special Interest Groups, the President, Mass Media, Partisanship, Bipartisanship, etc. either facilitated or inhibited passage of the Bill.
Part II: How well did representative democracy function in the case of your bill? [Remember: representative democracy presumes that citizen preferences are broadly translated into policy either directly or, more likely, indirectly though linking institution such as interest groups, elections, the media, political parties, public opinion, etc.]
You should have a thesis statement that fully answers both parts and announces your argument. Your paper should be a COHESIVE ESSAY, AND NOT BROKEN DOWN INTO VARIOUS PARTS. In other words, do NOT answer part I in one section of your essay, and then create a separate thesis and section for Part II of the essay.
For this paper,Assume I have read the books. You do not need to summarize the bill, introduce important people, or provide political context unless it is necessary to support your argument. You can use in-text citations (Act of Congress, p. 34) and you do not need a bibliography unless you are using sources from outside class.