February 4 gov 310L - February 4, 2009 Terms to know...

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February 4, 2009 Terms to know Reconcile the irreconcilable Ambition to counteract ambition Sums up the thought of the Constitution. In federalist paper #51 by James Madison in 1787. There must be separate powerful institutions that must cooperate to get things done. They’ll only be able to cooperate on the good things. If each institution tries to take over the government, they will be thwarted by other people’s ambitions. They can only act on matters in the public interest. In other words, people would not be able to cooperate. They would stop each other from tyranny. Also described as a separation of power. This is wrong though; we don’t have a separation of powers. Instead, there are separate institutions sharing powers. By making them share power, they would make each other behave well. Separation of powers Legislature has two institutions: House and Senate. Elected separately. The people elect senators and House members. House and Senate must separately pass bills. Executive is President He has veto power, can stop legislation. He cannot pass any laws. They do have influence, but cannot vote. Even if president signs a bill, Supreme Court can stop it.
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This note was uploaded on 02/24/2009 for the course GOV 38130 taught by Professor Prindle during the Spring '09 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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February 4 gov 310L - February 4, 2009 Terms to know...

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