Criterion is responsiveness to mass public opinion The mass public controls

Criterion is responsiveness to mass public opinion

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Criterion is responsiveness to mass public opinion. The mass public controls government actions. overlapping authority. No understanding/knowledge required from citizenry. Specialized knowledge is required but only from groups of citizens (their leaders). Allows minorities to rule. Criterion is responsiveness to organized groups of citizens. Interest groups control government actions. Belief or Assumption Majoritarian Model Pluralist Model Assumes people are interested in politics Yes No Assumes people are knowledgeable about politics Yes No Assumes people have consistent opinions and politics Yes No Emphasizes the importance of public opinion Yes No Believes elections are important Yes No Believes decentralized, group participation is important No Yes Believes government should be responsive to the general public Yes No Believes government should be responsive to interest groups No Yes Themes and Principles of the U.S. Constitution: Key events of the Founding (Declaration of Independence, Articles of the Confederation, Shay’s Rebellion, Constitution, and the Bill of Rights). Declaration of Independence: People have God-given, natural rights that are inalienable they cannot be taken away by any government. Among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. All legitimate political authority exists to preserve these natural rights and is based on the consent of those who are governed. Idea of consent is derived from the social contract theory described below . All men are created equal. Whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it and to institute new government. The people were given the right to revolt if they determined that their government was denying them their legitimate rights. Articles of the Confederation: Confederation: a loose association of independent states that agree to cooperate on specified matters. Articles of Confederation: the compact among the thirteen original states that established the first government of the United States. Under the Articles, each state, regardless of its size, had one vote in the congress. Votes on financing the water and other important issues required the consent of at least nine of the thirteen states. 4
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Shay’s Rebellion: Protest against high interest rates and state taxes due to forcing people into bankruptcy; levied by the state to retire its wartime debt. Revolt against established order. Impotence of confederation. Events: Massachusetts appealed to confederation for help. Congress approved requisition for establishment of a national army. Every state except Virginia rejected the request for money, causing the plan to fail.
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