American government | Government homework help

 For American representative democracy to function as intended, a citizen (principal) has to select a good representative (agent) to act in their stead and pursue the citizen’s interest (s). Reciprocity is a key element in this relationship. Broadly speaking, what would agents/representatives need to know about the principals/citizens in order to represent their interest well? Are there certain characteristics that would make someone better suited to serving as an agent/representative? What are the responsibilities of the citizens or principals in this relationship? 

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