Citizen control of the agenda citizens should control governments policy agenda

Citizen control of the agenda citizens should control

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Citizen control of the agenda:citizens should control government’s policy agenda5.Inclusion:government must include and give rights to all part of its lawsDemocracies should follow:Majority rule:choosing is based on the desire of the majorityMinority rights:rights to those who are not part of the majority such as freedom of assembly and freedom of speechRepresentation:relationship between a few leaders and many followers Three Contemporary Theories of American Democracy1.Pluralism:a theory that says policymaking process is very open to the participation of allgroups with shared interests, with no single group dominating. -Instead of majority rule, groups of minorities working together -Input from groups is a good thing 2.Elitism:a theory that says upper class elite holds the power and makes policy, regardless of the organization of the government -Power is based on wealth -Increase of big business 3.Hyperpluralism: a theory that says groups are so strong that government becomes weak and prevents them to make policy -The problem is many groups, not just a few-Believes the government gives in to every group and issue -Public interest is not represented in public policyChallenges to Democracy 1.Increase in complex issues: citizens are not experts on complex issues 2.Limited participation in the government: citizens do not know their leaders well and do not take advantage of their opportunities to select its leaders 3.Increasing campaign costs: candidates have become dependent on political action committees (PACs) to fund them. These PACs usually have specific economic interests
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