Lecture 3 - Popular Versus Elite Democracy - Ideals and Institutional Arrangements

Lecture 3 - Popular Versus Elite Democracy - Ideals and Institutional Arrangements

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Political Science 201 American Government January 30, 2007 Lecture 3 – Popular Versus Elite Democracy: Ideals and Institutional Arrangements Demos = people; criton = rule o Democracy = rule of the people Democracy as a contested concept: popular and elite ideas o Some argue that popular democracy is inefficient The ordinary citizen is ill equipped to handle important policy decisions Most people are not completely informed about all governmental activities o Elite democracy can be more effective Some say that it is better to leave democracy to those who are more educated, more patriotic, more informed James Madison argued that a large electorate is more favorable o If you allow more people to participate in the democracy, there is a larger pool of people from which the heroes of democracy can rise to the top o The common people will help limit the corrupt Thomas Jefferson argues against Madison o Ordinary citizens ought to have an active role in government, but the elite are those who should convey the voice of the people to the government Direct democracy o Referendums o House elections
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Lecture 3 - Popular Versus Elite Democracy - Ideals and Institutional Arrangements

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