Principles of Western Democracy

Principles of Western Democracy - o Self Regarding Acts-...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–2. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Principles of Western Democracy Conspiracy Theory o Media Television has become pervasive part of life o Politically television has hurt what is said o Roger Ales (Fox Frontman)—knew that women votes were important Elites Theory only the elite are in power; corrupted; have no impact Pluralists Theory many elites in competition* o Will stay in power as long as it pleases people Study further elitest and pluralist theory Mindset that comes with belief of democracy: Rational Empiricism o Being more open to new ideas o Experience bases ideas o Truth is not absolute, it is relative o Discussion is needed so people and opinions are heard; freedom of press Dogmatisms- not open minded; stubborn o Set of beliefs perceived as absolute truths not open to question Democratic Theory o Rejects dogmatism o Tendency is to be scarred of people who have “absolute truth” Emphasis on individual o John Stuart Mill- concerned about individual freedom; “every time governmental power was increased, personal action decreased.”
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Background image of page 2
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

Unformatted text preview: o Self Regarding Acts- effects only person who does it o Other Regarding Acts- effects on other people o Where is it okay to draw the line The instrumental theory of the state o Not been increase in legislative power but increase in executive power o Prefer small government over large government o Law behind the law: government is being controlled by the governed Discussion and Consent o Talking let justice be done though the heavens may fall 4 beliefs necessary for viable democratic system o Political legitimacy (accept authority of government) o Political efficacy (effectiveness): people have to believe that their participation means something o Tolerance- willingness to be tolerant o Rationality People must believe that governmental decisions are being made in rational manner People need to choose leaders in a rational manner...
View Full Document

This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course GOVT 100 taught by Professor May during the Fall '08 term at Vanderbilt.

Page1 / 2

Principles of Western Democracy - o Self Regarding Acts-...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 2. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online