GOVT 1111 Final 1 Topic 2 Outline

GOVT 1111 Final 1 Topic 2 Outline - Prompt 2: According to...

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Prompt 2: According to Madison, factions (and interests) are foundational to American politics. Lately, however, some have voiced concern with the increasing prominence of interest group politics, arguing that government is now up for sale. Write an essay that evaluates the position of competing interests in American politics. Make sure you explain how the notion of competing interests is built into political institutions, political behavior, and policy formation. Factions/Interest groups to focus on: political parties, unions, lobbyists, PACs, interest groups, poor people (low income citizens) 1. Intro: how factions are supposed to work in context of government a. How Madison intended them to work: i. Factions would represent separate individual minorities/groups of people ii. In order to garner votes/get re-elected, delegates would shift/moderate policy in order to appeal to the greatest number of factions, thus creating a moderated policy iii. Works on the basis that factions represented radical extremes, and politicians forced to adopt moderate centered view to represent everyone b. “factions” represent what we now see as competing interests: can take the form of political parties, unions, lobbyists, PACs, and interest groups i. Also consider that poor people, or low income citizens, are a competing interest, that are not adequately represented much in these c. However, now that people are able to be better mobilized, specific interest groups can target specific radical extremes stronger than anticipated d. Allows politicians to not have to adhere to opposing views in all cases
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