Unformatted text preview: GOV 310L American Government Lecture 1 Studying Politics and Democratic Theory
Dr. Gary A. Keith Lecture Outline: Studying Politics; Democratic Theory
I. II. III. IV. V. VI. What is Politics? What is Democracy? Studying Politics Why Government? Requirements for Political Systems, for Democratic Systems American Democracy: Ideals and Realities I. What is Politics?
http://wwwpersonal.umich.edu/~mejn/election/ I. What is Politics? II. What is Democracy?
1. 2. 3. 4. Mom, Apple Pie, Sliced Bread Definition? Adjectives and Theories Democracy as an endanchor of a continuum (A video of my minilecture All We Want is Real Democracy is available at): http://www.laits.utexas.edu/la_lecture_archive/vid5/ind American Politics-- A GOV 310L Resource http://laits.utexas.edu/gov310/DC/index.html Grassroots democracy? Barometers of Democracy National Endowment for Democracy www.ned.org Center for Voting and Democracy http://www.fairvote.org/ Center for Media and Democracy www.prwatch.org Center for the Study of Democracy www.democ.uci.edu/democ The Democracy Collaborative http://www.democracycollaborative.org/ III. Studying Politics
A. B. C. Ideas Analysis Evaluation IV. Why Government?
A. B. C. D. Inevitability Legitimacy What should it do? How should it do it? V. Political System Requirements
A. System Functions V. Political System Requirements
A. System Functions
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Rule making Rule application Rule adjudication Interest articulation/communication Interest aggregation V. Political System Requirements
A. System Functions
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. B. System Requirements Rule making Rule application Rule adjudication Interest articulation/communication Interest aggregation V. Political System Requirements
B. System Requirements
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Coherent structure of values Means of socializing the new Internal order Recruitment process Acceptable level of efficiency Interest structures V. Political System Requirements
A. B. C. System Functions System Requirements Additional Requirements for a Democracy VI. American Democracy
The Ideal vs. the Reality: a huge GAP ...
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