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Elite and Popular Democracy

Elite and Popular Democracy - Democracy as a Contested...

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Democracy as a Contested Concept: Popular and Elite Ideals Most citizens aren’t interested in politics Even if wanted too not necessarily capable Should be left to people who are virtuous and knowledgeable Harder for crackpots and corrupt to win People shouldn’t be too far from the power Popular democracy Electoral college Senate Smaller with two from each state More statesmen like Act more slowly The courts Suppose to stand up against the majority The Perils of Majority Rule (and Benefits of Elite Democracy) Alexis de Tocqueville on “tyranny of the majority” S. Jackson’s “The Lottery” and W. Goldenhagan’s Hitler’s Willing Executioners Disenfranchisement and Rule of the Empowered Majority Fighting Jim Crow: Warren Court v. Local Democracy and the “Popular” Branches The Social Security Rescue of 1986 Electronic Town Hall?
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