Majority rule is a fundamental principle of traditional democratic theory In a

Majority rule is a fundamental principle of

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Majority rule is a fundamental principle of traditional democratic theory. In a democracy, choosing among alternatives requires that the majority’s desire be respected. Minority rights is a principle of traditional democratic theory that guarantees rights to those who do not belong to majorities and allows that they might join majorities through persuasion and reasoned argument. d. Distinguish among the three contemporary theories of American democracy and politics (Pluralist, Elitist, and Hyperpluralist) and identify some of their strengths and weaknesses. Pluralist theory is a theory of government and politics emphasizing that politics is mainly a competition among groups, each one pressing for its own preferred policies Elitist is 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. Hyperpluralism is a theory of government and politics contending that groups are so strong that government is weakened. An extreme, exaggerated, or perverted form of pluralism. e. Describe who holds power and how policy is made for each of the three theories in question 13. With the Pluralist theory not one specific group dominates. Pluralists view bargaining and compromise as essential parts to democracy. Elite theory contends that society is divided along class lines and that an upper-class elite rules. Wealth is seen as the basis of power and a few policymakers. Hyperpluralism think that the existence of too many influential groups actually makes it impossible for government to act. Both Hyperpluralism and Elitists believe that public interest is rarely translated into public policy.
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