Govt. Lec. 3 Notes - Govt. Lecture 3 Notes 01/30 Structure...

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Govt. Lecture 3 Notes 01/30 Structure of the American System of Government What the Constitution says -Defines general outlines of e/ major inst., defines apects of the interaction b/w these institutions. Proves for democracy via elected representatives. says nothing about the form the internal org. of these institutions should take -Defines relationship b/w inst. -Defines aspects of the interaction b/w inst. -Provides for democracy via elected representatives -Not about you voting on everything & getting what you want -Law isn’t about content- it’s about procedure & starts from The Const. -Const. describes procedures for making law= flexible -Prescribes the general process of govt., rather than the objectives of govt. -“Law is not about content, it’s about procedure” -Constitution talks about the procedure for changing laws rather than what laws we should make. -Const. can be viewed as highest set of rules- changing these rules or structure has amplified effects for policy & politics. =Possibility changing every law of regulation Ex. Constitution has Bill of Rights Fundamental Principles -Flexibility -Preventing tyranny of majority -Multiple veto- pts. -Pol. Conflict never recedes, but is transferred to another venue or stage of process- sys.
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This note was uploaded on 02/12/2012 for the course GOV 310L taught by Professor Kieth during the Spring '07 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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Govt. Lec. 3 Notes - Govt. Lecture 3 Notes 01/30 Structure...

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