chapter1gov(2) - Chapter 1- Government 310L Democracy and...

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Chapter 1- Government 310L Democracy and American Politics Different forms of government * Democracy = rule by the people * Oligarchy = rule by elites * Monarchy = rule by one ruler All have a fear of Tyranny or abuse of power by a leader Direct vs. Indirect * Direct Democracy * Greeks used it, but with limitations * Great Idea, but… * Representative (indirect) Democracy * Which works best? In what sorts of situations? What do we mean by Representative Democracy? * 3 main themes: popular sovereignty, political equality, political liberty * Huh? What the heck is popular sovereignty? * Idea that the source of public authority is the people * How do we know it when we see it? * 6 ideas So what about Political Equality? * Each person’s vote carries the same weight * 14 th Amendment of the Constitution * Equal protection under the law * Big Question Debated in Society * Does inequality in economics translate into political inequality? Political Liberty
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This note was uploaded on 04/13/2008 for the course GOV 310L taught by Professor Kieth during the Spring '07 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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