Chapter 5: Structures and Institutions

Chapter 5: Structures and Institutions - Chapter 5 Notes:...

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Chapter 5 Notes: Structures and Institutions STRUCTURES OR INSTITUTIONS? HUMAN NATURE AND POLITICAL INSTITUTIONS “If men were angels, no government would be necessary.” -James Madison U.S. System Designed specifically to prevent any infringement of citizens’ rights Good side in preventing bad things Bad side in getting much done at all Less-restrained, simpler governmental systems enact policy quicker They’re also at more risk of one portion of society dominated another TOO LEGIT TO QUIT
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Institutions can build legitimacy for a government Step 1: Choose a Terrain Political culture -“The system of empirical beliefs, expressive symbols, and values, which defines the situation in which political action takes place” – Sidney Verba o Chinese political culture is radically different from the political culture in the Mountain West region of the United States o The political culture is different – The basic expatiations are different o When designing our ideal government we want to build our institutions in a place
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