COURSE OUTLINE: February 4: Introduction: Elections and American Democracy
First (introductory) lecture, 2/4. In this course, we will be concerned with questions such as these: 1. 2. 3. Why is it that the Supreme Court, which is the most insulated branch
Creating a Constitutional Democracy
Roche The Constitution was the product of a reform caucus in action. It is the product of compromise (Connecticut Compromise) not great vision. Beard Framers were businessmen and property-owners. For this reason, the Co
The Courts: Marbury v. Madison: Supreme court decision (1803) in which the court first exercised the power of judicial
review. Ruled that it was not bound by an act of Congress that was "repugnant to the Constitution It was the first time the. Court decla
State: a set of permanent administrative, legal, bureaucratic, and coercive systems with a monopoly on the legitimate use of force. American state consists of such institutions as the IRS, Post Office, army, etc. State is pretty much a permanent in
Gov 97 Lec 3: Democracy and Human Nature
Paper prompt assigned!
What citizens do we require for democracy to succeed? What qualities?
Good deliberators? Public spirited?
natural experiments be equipped to consider whether HUMAN NATURE
Gov 97 Lecture 4 (Noah Feldman Law)
Judicial review: the constitutional review of legislative action
Congress or a local legislature passes a law and the supreme court
nullifies it because it violates the constitution itself - wide range of
Gov 97 Lec 6: How tech design impacts humans and
dictates our civic future; Latanya Sweeney
American jurisprudence: can photograph people in public without
Felony charges of wiretapping originally a felony, but not laws have
changed. See Black