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Gov2-5-09 - OUTLINE FOR 2/5 I AMERICAN LEGITIMACY a...

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OUTLINE FOR 2/5 I. AMERICAN LEGITIMACY a. Consensus v Cleavage b. Constitution as Contract II. Federalism a. Dual Ferderalism (1789-1937) b. Cooperative Feralism (1937-2008) I. AMERICAN LEGITIMACY a. Consensus v. Cleavage i. Countries with Shared set of principals on gov’t don’t have too many issues with consensus ii. Language is the biggest cleavage, most likely to cause factions. Religion is #2. iii. Consensus in U.S. about gov’t iv. Tobefield- French man who wrote book “ Democracy in America 1. American legitimacy springs form the consensus of what people say gov’t should or shouldn’t do. v. Cleavage 1. Cross cut one another, no demographic that separates people from one another. 2. Multiplicity of identities minimizes the importance of other identitites 3. beginning of US was sectional cleavage: north v. south b. Constitution as a Contract i. Between people and the gov’t ii. Not infallible iii. This was invoked by southern states all the way up to the civil war. States have the right to get out of contract iv. Notion: The people collectively can dissolve the
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