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Lecture Notes 10.30.07 - POL103Y1 Notes Hannah Rogal...

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POL103Y1 Notes Hannah Rogal October 30, 2007 Democratic Institutions -Democracy is a method for choosing leaders. Universal franchise, secret ballot, majoritarianism. -Emerges out of different pre-democratic contexts. -Free speech = free political speech, but no “hate-speech” and no shouting “fire” in a crowded theater -There are different kinds of democratic institutions, different ways of organizing democratic government. These different kinds of institutions have profound implications for how government is carried out, how social interests are channeled into politics, what political competition looks like, what kinds of parties you get, what the flow of legislation is. -Changing the game changes the kind of player you get Parliamentary vs. Presidential Systems -Constitutions: rules of the game -Ancient vs. modern constitutionalism. -Greeks were the first to discuss constitutions, mostly Aristotle, and not in the way a “constitution” is interpreted today. -The way that politics is actually done, like emotional/mental “constitution” Great Britain
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