1. Talking about climate change powerfully influences the popularity of politicians
2. In a democracy, citizens get the representation and the policy outcomes they deserve
3. MEDIAN VOTER THEOREM
a. Theres more people in the middle political spectrum, so
Me and Cody had a conversation the other day about statistical data:
Stats on things like the stock market and climate change data over the years can be
Did money influence elections?
Did money influence policymaking?
Why might advo
Specific form of oligarchy; here the wealth majority control the economy, control
the political process, control everything underneath them
Small group of people control politics; not necessarily grounded in money
Entering an organization through the side door
Its an alternative entrance but it conforms to the norm of the society, such
as middle class respectability
Civil rights movement was a side door strategy, because it was non
Would democracy be better if we got rid of Jim Crow
There are no ethnic or racial gaps among social media users who partake in politics
People who are the most active in politics are more active in social media
a. Correlates very heavil
1. The pictures in the civil rights movement still exist with us today
2. Who took these pictures?
a. Journalists took the pics
Why were they deployed to these events?
It reflects the movements understanding of how to take pictures of it
1. BEFORE THE QUIZ
2. USA has good investment in treatment, but poor investment in preventing depression
a. We cannot prevent poverty
3. 3 types of prevention
a. Primary, secondary, tertiary
Primary - before the person starts develop
Elections as an Institution
What are elections?
What are the major characteristics of US elections?
How would advocates of ED and CR evaluate what happens in electoral politics?
The function of elections
Provide citizens with an opportunity to partic
Dewey Defeats Truman
How much time do we take to actually think about custodians?
Plumbers, truck drivers, etc.
Time for notes:
1. Jim Crow laws were the product of the democratic system, remember
a. We voted to have those kinds of outcomes
Should we accept the irony of democracy?
Electoral College - electors that elect the president
The Representation Compromise
Senate(2 representatives per state)
House(representation based on population)
1. Who are the congressional elites?
a. Race and gender
b. Personal wealth
They are in the top 10% or even the top 1% of the population
Top amount of people who go into congress
1. Lawyers and businessmen
a. Lawyers are used to de
Comes from the Greek word polis
Body of citizens
Decisionmaking on what lifestyles people can live
The process of allocating of resources in a community - who gets what
A political community in which
All recognized cit
1. The Presidency
a. Institution of the executive branch of government at the federal level
b. We have the impression that the presidency is inherently powerful elite
c. More people are dumping money into presidential cycles during election years
Most scholars would identify the USA to be a liberal democracy
The Textbook wants us to describe the USA as an Elitist Democracy
Elitism and pluralism
Some have greater influence over the allocation of resources in the
Individual non-elite citizens may not have direct contact with the elites. But social
groups have back-to-back communication with non-elites and elites alike.
(CORRECTED NOTION, THE DESCRIPTION IN 9/9/16 IS NOT CORRECT)
On this day, in political science class, one thought came up in my mind:
If Biggie Smalls was ready to die, Im ready to lose.
What is an institution?
A structure that incentivizes some forms of behavior and discourages other forms
1. The president can really influence and sometimes dictate what the media decides to
a. The political actors AKA the media
2. The Supreme Court
a. The most elitist institution of our institutions of American democracy
There are elites selecting
1. Does social media bring new voices into politics?
a. People who are least active offline bring new voices into politics
b. People more active on social media bring new voices into politics
2. The Civic Achievement Gap
a. The author was high school hist
The institutions of elections
Elections are an indirect form of democracy
Is the system of elections + good citizen participation the system we see?
Single-Member plurality districts promote and reinforce the existence of two viable
WHy is Berni
1. What can we learn from the Civil Rights Movement?
a. What should we expect of ourselves
The bureau knew that the KKK was planning on attacking the freedom riders, but did
nothing about it
1st Baptist Church riots - the people in the church cou
1. Institutions of American Democracy
2. A nongovernmental institution - the news media
3. What role should the news media do in a democracy
a. Should be filtering things that are non-essential and trivial
b. Objective and fact-based
c. Provide the full s
What is the irony of democracy?
Democracy is what must be supposedly be ruled by many, but is only ruled by
The textbook argues that democracy works best that way
There is a certain inequality among citizens that we will have to accept
1. We feel not only dissatisfied and disconnected with our leaders over the years
a. We also feel dissatisfied with our NON-ELITES from 1997 to 2015. The
percentage decreased from about 62% to 33%.
We might be lacking a sense of direction.
b. What can
1. What should the news media do in a democracy vs. What do the news media actually
2. Models of Journalism
WHat does a a well-informed citizen need to know?
What does a citizen with specific interests need to know?
Whos heading out the transition team at the EPA? Myron Ebell - climate change skeptic, and a
mouthpiece for the oil industry
1. What motivates people to take action?
a. Organizational ties
How do organizations help people commit?
1. Give them a mission
Cap and trade
Using carbon as an incentive
In 2010, it become more difficult to get carbon emissions
How do institutions of American democracy work?
Look through the lens of Elitist democracy and civic republicanism?
Documentary on institutions of Ameri
DO WE GET THE DEMOCRACY WE DESERVE?
1. Elitist democracy
a. By voting, we get the best representation we deserve
2. Civic republicans
a. We must be more involved, even between elections so that we learn other things
that we can do. We can know what to do