Introduction Notes

American Democracy in Peril: Eight Challenges to America's Future

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Unformatted text preview: I nt roduction: Models of Democracy Protective • Advocates popular control of government as a means of protecting individual liberty • Jeremy Bentham and James Mill o Bentham founded Utilitarianism (greatest good for greatest number) o Democracy is a method for protecting both citizens and capitalism’s market relationships • James Madison o Chief danger to limited government was factions, most major concern was a faction of non-property holders passing laws to take property from the rich for their own o “Excess of democracy” was a major factor at the Constitutional Convention, many arrangements intended to reduce the potential for a majority to threaten individual liberty • Values democratic institutions and procedures to the extent that they protect and nurture a liberal, capitalist, market society • Separation of powers • Protective democrats are less concerned about the existence or potential threat of material inequality Developmental • Democratic Ideal • More positive view of people as opposed to Protective Democracy...
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This note was uploaded on 05/20/2008 for the course POLS 001 taught by Professor Morgon during the Fall '07 term at Lehigh University .

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Introduction Notes - I nt roduction Models of Democracy...

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