CPS Notes Lecture 8

CPS Notes Lecture 8 - CPS Notes Lecture 8 I. Midterm a)...

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CPS Notes Lecture 8 I. Midterm a) Final part is an essay b) Several short answer c) Make an argument in the essay, but not a normative argument i) An argument in a positive sense: what’s a better explanation for something d) Lecture/readings all fair game II. Condorcet: there is no majority will independent of the rules we use for determining it a) It is a product of the system we use to figure out what it is b) There are a huge varieties of ways of getting to what that majority will is— Lecture for today’s lecture i) Electoral systems are inherited from the past and they get to where they are because we decided to value certain things c) In pluralist societies, decisions are made by administrators d) Elections have become an illegitimate way to choose those who govern you i) Even in totalitarian systems there has become a preference for elections to legitimize governments (1) Even if they aren’t free and fair ii) Idea that a legitimate government is one that is elected iii) Somehow the norm of elections equaling legitimacy is something that has
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