POLS 206 12511

POLS 206 12511 - POLS 206

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POLS 206 1/25/11 Democracy -Democracy is a system of selecting policymakers and of organizing government so that policy represents and responds to the public’s preferences. -Components of Traditional Democratic Theory: -Equality in voting --One person one vote (does not necessarily happen) -Effective participation -Enlightened understanding --Freedom of speech and freedom of press (essential for democracy) -Citizen control of the agenda -Inclusion Theories of U.S. Democracy *Pluralist Theory -A theory of government and policies emphasizing that politics is mainly a competition among group, each one pressing for its own preferred policies -Groups will work together -Public interest will prevail through bargaining and compromise -Elite and Class Theory -A theory of government and politics contending that societies are divided along class lines and that an upper-class elite will rule, regardless of the formal niceties of governmental organization -Not all groups equal -Policies benefit those with money and power
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This note was uploaded on 03/21/2012 for the course POLS 206 taught by Professor Someonethatwasjusttryingtogettheirdoctorate during the Spring '06 term at Texas A&M.

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POLS 206 12511 - POLS 206

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