For a closer look at the purposes of government and how this affects peoples

For a closer look at the purposes of government and

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For a closer look at the purposes of government and how this affects people’s lives watch Government .” This video was created by one of the course mentors. The transcript for this video can be accessed here: Government Transcript . For additional practice, you can also complete the Government Knowledge Check to assess your learning. For additional information, please attend one of our live cohort sessions. If you feel you still need and would like further assistance, please contact the course mentor. __________________________________________________________________________________ Chapter 2: Majoritarian or Pluralist Democracy Mentor Note: There are different views of what actually makes up a democracy. For some, democracy is defined by the procedures and methods of decision-making being used; for others, democracy is defined by the actual policies that result. We focus on two types of democracy that emphasize procedures, such as citizen decision-making and elections. We then discuss two models that explain how democracy may actually work in the real world. Section 2.1- The Theory of Democratic Government Answer the following question: 1. Democracy can be indirect (representative) or direct (participatory). Explain the differences between these two forms of democracy. Direct demoncracy is the citizens rule themselves rather than elected representatives. Indirect democracy are citizens who participate in gov’t by elected officials wo in turn represent our interests Section 2.2- Institutional Models of Democracy Mentor Note: There are two models, or blueprints, of democracy: the majoritarian model (majoritarianism) and the pluralist model (pluralism). To explain, imagine going to the doctor with a cough, a fever, and a sore throat. The doctor questions you about your symptoms to diagnose Page 4 of 50
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Study Guide Survey of United States Government and Constitution what is making you sick. Majoritarianism and pluralism are like different sets of questions we can ask to ‘diagnose’ a government as democratic or not. Compare models the democracy in the chart below: Fill out the following table to compare two models of democracy by considering their stances on a variety of statements. The first column states a belief or assumption. The second column is for the majoritarian model and the third column is for the pluralist model. For each statement, if you think the statement represents the model write or type ‘yes”, if you do not believe the statement represents the model write or type ‘no’. 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 about politics yes no Emphasizes the importance of public opinion no yes Believes elections are important no yes Believes group participation is important yes yes Believes government should be responsive to the general public yes no Believes government should be responsive to interest groups no yes Answer the following questions: 1.
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