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GOVT Lectures - The Architecture of the Constitution...

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The Architecture of the Constitution 18:59 Success of a lecture is how well it sticks to the agenda State was the center and source of authoritative govts Wrote a constitution to qualify as a state but not a powerful one Needed to have citizens accept a level of control We became a new republic by virtue of the british leaving, we were a rebel nation,  organizing in states, americans were rebellious citizens We were rebels against our own king Vensinister – mark on a flag that indicates bastardy (british flag) Every state is the result of consequence, no state was born legally we can’t argue away the illegitimacy of the founding of the republic had to revise the articles of confederation they were told to revise the art. of confed, the instead created a completely new  document we got a constitution that was a rebellious article legitimacy is the difference between form/goal and reality every state is a product of a Cou De Tat we try to overcome legitimacy all the time - several means are used to increase legitimacy - religion, tradition, condition - myth does not mean untruth, its is a story that has a better predisposition to go  along - the used contracts (social contract…. .) - contract for the American people was like the Mayflower
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- contract is a deal between two people who get net and gain - distant contracts work the same way - they had a social contract that was not approved until they had a deal - we appealed to citizens’ self interests - religion can never be used as a test for legitimacy in the govt - they made a strategic decision to appeal to people’s self interests - had a very literal crowd (Protestants) - there was not much of a debate to appeal to self interest - power holders agreed that they would give up some power as long as they get to  keep what they had - Lowi finds the amazing relevancy of the constitution impressive - All people lived under deteriorating conditions, anything good was amazing - Power figures said that as long as the people agreed, the powerful would decide  laws but base them on the peoples’ needs - One of the only times where form actually turned into reality - People were selfish enough to be convinced that the new Constitution was better  then before - 3 Principles of the Constitution: o Vertical - Taking the center and dividing into the lower levels o Horizontal Principle – seperation of powers o Concentric – layer (citizenship) that is opposite of state power  - the word “federalism” is not found anywhere in the Constitution  - Federalism is a label for a strong central govt, so the founders wanted to avoid using it - SCORE
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This note was uploaded on 02/23/2009 for the course GOVT 111 taught by Professor Lowi during the Fall '08 term at Cornell.

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