Class Notes 9.5 - Class Notes PS 220 September 5 2007 The resulting constitutional design Separated institutions sharing policy making

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Class Notes PS 220 September 5, 2007 The resulting constitutional design Separated institutions sharing policy making responsibility 1.Limiting popular control Diluted representation Staggered terms Legislative Expressed and Implied Powers. House has districts (2 year terms). Senate has states 6 year terms (1/3 re-elected every two years) Executive Agenda, Executive, National, 4 years Judicial Supreme Court. Power of judicial review, highest court, appointment for life by Pres/ Senate (advise and consent) The resulting policy process Accessibility Bargaining Incrementalism Those who wrote the constitution where not comfortable with a strong national, centralized government. They were there to create a system that avoided the flaws that occurred under the Articles of Confederation. Therein, they needed a government that was not run entirely by the states, and gave some power to the central government. The constitutional writers channeled the wants of the citizens in order to protect their holdings, the aristocracy, made sure that the people would not have too much control of the government. They did not want a strong national government controlled by the people, due to a lack of trust in the people and as a result a distrust in democracy. Protracted reaction was what is necessary in order to protect these ends, that they would limit the reach and power of the government and would be heavily influenced by those who possessed wealth. The authors separated the law making powers amongst the three branches, so that no branch can create
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course PS 220 taught by Professor Malekafzali during the Fall '08 term at University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.

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Class Notes 9.5 - Class Notes PS 220 September 5 2007 The resulting constitutional design Separated institutions sharing policy making

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