12c.+Contrasting+Models+of+the+State

12c.+Contrasting+Models+of+the+State - INTA 1200American...

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INTA 1200—American Government ● Realist Model ● Marxist Model ● Public Interest Model ● Interest Group Model
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1) Realist “Power” Model Basic premise : Elites seek more power. The state is the domination of the many by the few (or the one). Government institutions are the means of domination. Examples : -1700s British Monarchy over its colonies -North Korea, Hitler -yellow journalism? -Obama taking over society? Tea Party (Koch Brothers, Glenn Beck)? -Andrew Jackson?, FDR?, Richard Nixon? Implications : reduce govt, fight govt, require more political-economic competition Reality : In the US case, certainly be wary, but don’t worry too much as long as likelihood of domination by “elites”.
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2) Marxist Model Basic premise : society divided up into wealthy vs. poor who seek to exploit one another. The state acts as a tool for the re-distribution of wealth from one to other
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This note was uploaded on 01/16/2012 for the course INTA 1200 taught by Professor Birchfield during the Spring '08 term at Georgia Tech.

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