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Topic 1 - D Two Basic Forms of Democracy 1 Direct Democracy...

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D. Two Basic Forms of Democracy 1. Direct Democracy- ordinary citizens decide who gets what, when 2. Representative-citizens choose representatives to make policy for citizens on their behalf II. Conflicting Views on American Democracy A. Populism-advocates adopting procedures and processes that allow normal citizens greater power and control of government -definitely not the U.S. Criticism: - Emphasis on participation and majority rule assumes that every citizen will be informed and have a preference on every issue; real world=barely over half for pres. Elec.-most participated -Runs the risk of running into majority tyranny- risk of destroying democracy\ Populists think issues come up, talk and vote and be okay B. Pluralism-focus on tension between dif. Democratic values-majority rule and minority rights =solution-dividing up the power!; series of overlapping interests-interests get together and compromise and bargain on issues -majority is coalition of diff. majority interests; slows things down
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