Lecture 2 The Constitution

Lecture 2 The Constitution - The constitution Lecture 2...

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The constitution Lecture 2 PLSC 112 Highlights Rational actor Declaration of Independence The Thirteen Colonies Rational choice Humans are purposive and goal oriented. Humans have sets of hierarchically ordered preferences, or utilities. In choosing lines of behavior, humans make rational calculations with respect to: the utility of alternative lines of conduct with reference to the preference hierarchy the costs of each alternative in terms of utilities foregone the best way to maximize utility. Politics Is related to the allocation of some resource Who gets what, when and where All activity is political. The act of controlling and reconciling the diverse interests within the state The first founding interest and conflicts What conflicts are apparent and what interest prevailed during the American struggle for independence and the drafting of the articles of confederation? What and who’s interests were served at the creation of the federation? History Principle The American colonist, used to years of self governance, believed that the stamp act of 1765 threatened their autonomy. There was a strong centralizing force that dictated the terms of trade and sought to tax American wealth
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Granting the East Indian company monopoly trading rights was the straw …. . The Rebellion of the Colonists “Taxation without Representation” The Stamp Act of 1765 Boston Tea Party/Intolerable Acts The Continental Congresses The First Continental Congress Enacted a boycott against Britain.
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This note was uploaded on 02/12/2009 for the course PLSC 112 taught by Professor Sidlow during the Fall '08 term at Eastern Michigan University.

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