2008 09 03 POLS 206 Notes

2008 09 03 POLS 206 Notes - POLS206...

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Unformatted text preview: POLS206 3September2008,Wednesday TheAmericanSystem 1. Directdemocracy a. Politicaldecisionsaremadebythepeopledirectly,ratherthanbytheir electedrepresentatives b. Attainedmosteasilyinsmallpoliticalcommunities c. Howdoesitworktoday? i. Initiative ii. Referendum iii. Recall d. Whyisn'teverydemocracyrunthisway? i. THEN 1. Foundersbelievedingovernmentbasedontheconsentofthe peoplebutwerehighlydistrustfulofanythingthatmightlook like"mobrule." a. Institutionsfilterthepopularwillthroughelectedelites. ii. NOW 1. Countrylarge,economycomplex,politicalinstitutionsvaried, policyissuesmorecomplex a. Peopledonothavethetime,motivation,informationfor adirectdemocraticsystemtowork. 2. TheAmericansolution a. DemocraticRepublic:sameasrepresentativedemocracygovernmentbased onelectedrepresentatives i. PrinciplesofDemocraticGovernment 1. Universalsuffrage 2. Majorityrule ii. ConstitutionalDemocracy 1. Limitedgovernment 3. TheAmericanDemocracy a. InstitutionalCharacteristics i. Majoritarianism ii. Elitetheory iii. Pluralism b. SocialValuestheyexpress i. PoliticalSocialization ii. LibertyversusOrder iii. Equalityversusliberty 1. EconomicEquality 2. PropertyRightsandCapitalism TensionswithinAmericanDemocracy 1. SizeofGovernment a. Howmuchpowershouldthegovernmenthave? b. Whatroleshoulditplayinthelivesofcitizens? i. Katrina/Taxes/NationalSecurityPolicies 2. Ideology:Liberalvs.Conservative a. Howshouldthegovernmentuseitspower? b. Howdowebalancecompetingneeds? DemographicProfileofAmerica Aging:boomersgettingolder Populationgrowth:onthedecline EthnicChange:moreimmigration o ChangesinHispanicCommunity:multiplyingfaster WomenintheWorkforce:moreoftheminareasoftheworkforcethatthey've previouslybeenkeptoutof. ...
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This note was uploaded on 10/04/2008 for the course POLS 206 taught by Professor Someonethatwasjusttryingtogettheirdoctorate during the Fall '06 term at Texas A&M.

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