James Madison, The Federalist Papers #10
1. According to Madison, why does a pure democracy make majority factions dangerous?
Because government would be on a mob rules bases their power would limitless and uncheck,
pure democracy would also
Political Science 202: Introduction to American Politics
University of Washington
Lectures MWF at 11:30 in Smith 120
Sections at various times
Professor Mark Smith
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POL S 202: Review for Midterm 1
Multiple choice, true false and short answers will reflect the study material below.
violence of faction (Federalist 10)
double security (Federalist 51)
ambitionmade to counteract ambition (Federalist 51)
Politics of Punishment
POL S 202
DECEMBER 3, 2013
Politics of Punishment
Types of policymaking
Why are U.S. imprisonment rates so high?
Distributions of federal dollars
POL S 202: Final Exam Study Guide
The final exam will consist of one long essay question from the list below. Students are
expected to write at least 6-7 paragraphs and draw on the relevant course material. I
strongly encourage students to outli
Public Opinion & Media Effects
POL S 202
OCTOBER 22, 2013
Outline Public Opinion & Media Effects
Forming political values
Political knowledge/ attention
Role of media
How do reps know what
their constituents want?
The Constitutional System
POL S 202
OCTOBER 1, 2011
Politics of government shutdown
Constitutional convention what is was, what was accomplished
Basic idea behind federal system, separation of powers-> Federalist 51
Argument for u
Campaign spending has become a hot topic in politics in the recent years. The
big issue in spending is that in some ways, contributing money is unlimited.
Elections have arguably gone from being about character and qu
Hear about the government shutdown lately? The problem has become a very hot
topic as nearly two million Americans are having paychecks held, and things like cancer
treatments for kids have stopped1. Many people like Dylan Matthews from the
In President Eisenhower in his fare well address of 19_ demonstrated his
fear that the American Military would gain too much power, and require too much
money to continue to run. He called this issue the Military
Week 1 Lesson Plan, Thursday
-Intro to The Federalist Papers
-5-7 Minutes in Small Groups
-Class Discussion of Readings
-Questions, Comments, Concerns?
Intro to The Federalist Papers:
-What are The Federalist Papers
Week 2 Lesson Plan, Tuesday
Andrew L. Roberts, What Americanists Dont Know about American Politics,
The Forum: A Journal of Applied Research in Contemporary Politics (2013), 951
Week 1 Lesson Plan, Tuesday
-Lecture Review (Fri and Mon)
Friday: theory vs. law, most political scientists seek mid-ranger generalizations, some
scientific methods in PoliSci, role of explain
Week 2 Lesson Plan: Thursday
-Split class into groups of 4-5
-Half of the groups will discuss Teles, the other half, Mettler
-Have groups review argument, evidence, and
What is the definition of public opinion?
Opinions relevant to government and politics.
What are the three methods of measuring public opinion? (3):
1. Ask friends and family
2. Count at demonstrations
3. Count members of interest groups.
What are the dis
Why did we see civil rights protests from 1955 to 1965?
Broad social, economic, and political resources caused the mindset to resist.
Where did blacks predominately live from 1877 to 1910?
90 percent lived in south rural areas.
Why was it difficult for bl
How did the meaning of the bill of rights expended overtime with the first amendment.
The first amendment brought restrictions to the power of Congress.
What is the 5th amendment?
Nor shall any private property be taken for public use without just compens
How well does the current politics of criminal punishment, student loans OR military spending
uphold core values, such as liberty, democracy and/or political equality? In your response,
explain how the type(s) of policy at stake (e.g., distributive, regul
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POL S 202: Fall 2013
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1. The president, now hindered by those pesky state leaders as represented by congress,
should now be almighty and able to create and control all to his liking, at will, without
hindrance whatsoever, we just need to have patie
David Wearing, How Scientific is Political Science? The Guardian (March 8, 2010)
1. Why does Wearing think it both inevitable and desirable that political scientists study politics
from an explicit point of view?
Political scientists need ful
Steven M. Teles, Kludgeocracy in America, National Affairs (Fall 2013): 97-114
1. What does Teles mean in claiming that America has become a kludgeocracy? How do the
various federal retirement programs (social security, 401k plans, IRAs, pension regulatio
Hans Noel, Ten Things Political Scientists Know That You Dont, The Forum: A Journal of
Applied Research in Contemporary Politics (2010), 1-19.
1. Describe the difference between journalists, who emphasize campaign events as the main
Based on previous
rulings / precedence
based on authors
arguments based on
language can be
-Hard to overturn
1. The Supreme Court decided that the establishment clause not only applied to federal
government, but also to state and local governments. The 14th amendments due
process clause prohibits states from depriving people of
1. During the early years of the republic, in 1822 a Representative from South Carolina
stated that the presidency was not an office to be either solicited or declined.
Candidates stood silently, largely avoiding contact with the people.
1. Weak states and failed states which here seem to be grouped together, would represent
a state that is incapable of providing law and order, medical services for their
populations, protect property rights, build roads or dispose of g
202 Paper guidelines
how does the model Supreme Court case and why
6-8 pages double spaced 12pt Times New Roman
Upload PDF to dropbox
Make clear SPECIFIC subtitle headings: Intro
6 subtitles total
Intro & Thesis 10pts
I will argue that this model is bette
Pew Forum A Fluid Boundary
1. One of the earliest examples is the exemption of military service based on religious
grounds, when Pennsylvania exempted religious pacifists, most notably Quakers, during
the American Revolution. Also notable are
-Bryer dissented, saying should be considered as fact-sensitive
-Bryer would have found an establishment clause violation
-Keagen found that the town violated the norm of religious equality by treating minority
citizens as outsiders at the very moment tha