AMERICAN GOVERNMENT REVIEW

AMERICAN GOVERNMENT REVIEW - AMERICAN GOVERNMENT REVIEW The...

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AMERICAN GOVERNMENT REVIEW The Constitution o Not a blueprint, no mention of parties or interest groups (written w/ intention of no political parties) o Does establish basic rules/ framework of how system operates, terms of office, powers, etc Social Context of American Politics o Country has always been demographically diverse, but diversity has increased significantly in recent decades o Political implications of diversity have been dampened by cross-cutting cleavages and pluralism o Particular segments of society don’t always fall on one side of line= cross-cutting cleavages o Pluralism= power isn’t concentrated in hands of one group; every group has some influence in political process, however one group may have more/ less than another Civil Liberties and Civil Rights o Liberties apply to individuals; refer to limitations on what the fed gov can do to individuals o Rights refer to positive things gov can do on behalf of groups o Although the words in the Bill of Rights have not changed since 1791, over time the interpretation has (ex. Free speech)
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