Lecture 2 - SSB Ch 1 - June 7 [Compatibility Mode]

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Unformatted text preview: Government: Forms and Limits POLS001 June 7, 2010 Professor Jackson What do you think are the 3 most important issues facing America today? How can you PARTICIPATE? 1 Government: Forms and Limits Government: the institution in which decisions are made that resolve conflicts or allocate benefits and privileges. It is unique because it has the ultimate authority within society. Types of Government: Inclusiveness Governments can be categorized in ascending levels of inclusiveness AUTOCRACY OLIGARCHY DEMOCRACY High Inclusiveness Low Inclusiveness Types of Government: Recognition of Limits on Power Few Limits TOTALITARIAN AUTHORITARIAN Broad Limits CONSTITUTIONAL Governments can also be categorized in descending order of the limits they recognize on their own authority. 2 What kind of government do we have? Democratic Republic Representative Democracy Constitutional Democracy How democratic is America? In Ancient Athens: Citizenship was given widely ("only" women and slaves were excluded) An Assembly met 40 times a year, and all citizens were free to attend, debate, and vote About half of the 40,000 citizens were paid for their participation (who couldn't afford to otherwise) A Council of 500, selected by lot, drew up proposed legislation for the Assembly Voting at the Assembly was registered by a simple show of hands and decisions were made by majority rule 3 Direct Democracy: Initiative and Referendum Direct electronic democracy? Do you support or oppose the idea of direct democracy? Do you think it's a good idea for it s citizens to make law? Why or why not? What particular features of the model of electronic direct democracy do you like? Which ones do you dislike? Why? American Political Culture Fundamental Values: Liberty Order Equality (of opportunity, not necessarily outcomes) 4 ...
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