Personality in Legislative Bodies
Why American Senators must interact on a level far beyond political concerns and how personality plays an important role in legislative work.
Although Burke was referring to the general populace, interpreting ?the people? to mean individuals gives a new meaning to his statement. According to this alternate interpretation, the Senate and other collegial bodies can be seen as collections of individuals rather than homogeneous institutions. As individuals, Senators must interact on a level far beyond political concerns. They must deal with one another as people with varying personalities. The successful are able to use their personalities to achieve their goals. The unsuccessful are unable to do so. T?he paper intends to prove that personality plays an important role in legislative work and that successful legislators utilize their personalities in order to achieve their ends.