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Theories of Democratic Government Lecture II Matisoff – POL 1101
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Theories of Power Elitism – Group of powerful people dictate policy; preferences flow from elite to masses Media elites Political elites Educated elites Business Elites Marxism – Capitalists vs. Workers Constant struggle for resources Marx anticipated that capitalists would control more & more resources, leading to growing inequality, leading to revolution by the Proletariat (workers)
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Direct vs. Indirect Democracy Direct participatory democracy Town halls (New England) Referenda (California) Neighborhood system (Atlanta) Representative Democracy Parliamentary Systems Congressional Systems
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Institutional Models of Democracy What do we mean by “institution” Formal or informal rules, customs & norms of behavior that govern interaction amongst participants Majoritarian model Elections Referenda Recall of state officials Mass rule by people Criticisms?
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