that societies are divided along class lines and that an upper-class elite will rule, regardless of the formal niceties of governmental organization. Not all groups are equal Policies benefit those with money / power
Theories of U.S. Democracy Theories of U.S. Democracy Hyperpluralism – A theory of government and politics contending that groups are so strong that government is weakened. There are too many ways for groups to control policy. Confusing / contradictory policies
Challenges to Democracy Challenges to Democracy Increased Technical Expertise Limited Participation in Government Escalating Campaign Costs Diverse Political Interests (policy gridlock)
Questions About Democracy Questions About Democracy Are the people knowledgeable- and do they apply what they know? Do interest groups help the process, or do they get in the way? Do political parties offer clear consistent choices for voters? Does the President & Congress work in the best interests of ALL the people?
American Individualism American Individualism Individualism is the belief that individuals should be left on their own by the government. Individualism is highly valued in the United States with a strong preference for free markets and limited government.
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