Studying American Democracy

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Disputes over “democracy” Essence: Self-government by the many, rather than government of the many by the few (aristocracy, or perhaps a republic) or the one (autocratic, whether “enlightened” or not) Foundation: faith in capacity of ordinary people to govern themselves wisely Alternative forms of democracy: Direct democracy Representative democracy By election, by lot, by rotation
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What does “democracy” mean? Etymologically rule by the people Practically (most often) whatever describes your own system, or whatever is accepted as describing it Our textbook “a system of rule by the people, defined by the existence of popular sovereignty, political equality, and political liberty” [glossary, p.G-2] Interesting current instance: Iraq—Bush Administration concept vs. those of various Iraqi groups/interests
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The three fundamental principles of democracy [textbook, ch. 1] Popular sovereignty Political equality Political liberty
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Particular questions about the textbook’s definition
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