2008 09 03 POLS 206 Notes

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POLS 206 3 September 2008, Wednesday The American System 1. Direct democracy a. Political decisions are made by the people directly, rather than by their elected representatives b. Attained most easily in small political communities c. How does it work today? i. Initiative ii. Referendum iii. Recall d. Why isn’t every democracy run this way? i. THEN 1. Founders believed in government based on the consent of the people but were highly distrustful of anything that might look like “mob rule.” a. Institutions filter the popular will through elected elites. ii. NOW 1. Country large, economy complex, political institutions varied, policy issues more complex a. People do not have the time, motivation, information for a direct democratic system to work. 2. The American solution a. Democratic Republic: same as representative democracy – government based on elected representatives i. Principles of Democratic Government 1. Universal suffrage 2. Majority rule ii. Constitutional Democracy 1. Limited government
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