DIF. VIEWS.2008

DIF. VIEWS.2008 - Different Views of U.S. Politics Central...

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Different Views of U.S. Politics Central Question of Politics: Politics shapes relationship between the governors and the governed. How to explain? A Theoretical Polarity: Elitism vs. Egalitarianism (Equalitarianism) I. Elitism A. - Distinguishes people according to various standards or various reasons made by “tiny minorities” * C. Wright Mills, William Domhoff, T. Dye, Harmon Zeigler, etc. B. How and Why? 1. race: By physical characteristics; built on nature, genetically endowed characteristics. Remedies: 13 , 14 ,15 Amendments, Civil Rights th th th Act of 1964, Voting Rights Act of 1965
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2. ancestry: family background; based on genetic arguments; informal system of elitism based on ancestry exists in the U.S. *Thomas Dye: ”Who’s Running America?” Cf. Pluralism: Robert Dahl -Balance of group interest will form, ensuring that no one group will consistently lose - Politics is struggles among groups of citizens to gain benefits for their members
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This note was uploaded on 04/21/2011 for the course POLS 1301 taught by Professor Rugeley during the Fall '08 term at Texas Tech.

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