PSCI 1101-104 Recitation Paper 1

PSCI 1101-104 Recitation Paper 1 - Pontiakos, Connor Mr....

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Pontiakos, Connor Mr. Jaeger PSCI 1101-104 October 15, 2007 Recitation Response Paper When the framers were creating the Constitution one of their main goals was to solve collective action problems at the time and tried to prevent problems from happening in the future. Some of the problems they set out to fix were; trying to find a close alternative to direct democracy, making sure elected officials would act in the interest of the majority, making sure public goods were always available and preventing free-riders from abusing public goods. For these reasons the framers made the Constitution a living document to prevent these collective action problems from returning. The framers knew that direct democracy was impossible and improbable for a large country to run efficiently. The framers thought that it would be a nuisance to make the everyday citizen vote for bills that would not directly affect them. For this reason they choose a representative democracy with a bicameral legislature, one house based on population and the other with equal representation for each state. This would take the burden of voting almost every
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