HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Assigned on the basis of state population
2 members per state
Reassigned every 10 years after the census
Joint Constitutional Powers
Admit new st
Why do we have a government?
What is its job?
Government resolves collective action problems
What are collective action
Collective action is the effort required of a group to reach and implement agreements
Public Opinion and
Defining Public Opinion
those opinions held by private persons which governments find it prudent to heed. (V.O. Key Jr.)
In democracies, politicians heed the opinions of voters in anticipation of elections
1. Which of the following is a right guaranteed by the Bill of Rights? A) Public Education B)
Employment C) Trial by Jury D) Voting
C)Trial by Jury
2. True or Falsethe census is taken every five years?
Falseevery 10 years
3. The numb
Experiential Creative Project
Ideas for Political Experiences
I am asking you to seek out a novel (with few exceptions, you should not just rely on a previous
experience or continuation thereof) political experience this summer. The following are
1) Define. Provide a clear and concise definition FIRSTdemonstrate that you know the
term. You can paraphrase or use the textbook/lecture definitions.
This is necessary to receive a C (75%) on the question.
2) Expand. Go beyo
Constitutional Powers of the
Chief ExecutiveExecutive power
Faithfully execute the laws of the United States
Commander-in-Chief of the Army and Navy. . .and of the militia of the several states
Partial war powers
Power to grant
Why Do We Have Parties?
We need majority alliances to pass legislation
Parties support the development of stable legislative and electoral alliances
Parties reduce transaction costs
Parties mobilize voters
Need voters to win; parties encourage
It is a test of neutrality which has 3 conditions litigated by the Supreme Court to avoid running
afoul of the establishment prohibition (the establishment of religion clause is respecting an
establishment of religion or prohibiting the free e
Midterm Review Sheet
1. Collective action problems
a. Collective action-the efforts of a group to reach and implement agreements
b. Problems that arise?
i. Deciding what you want
ii. Deciding what you are willing to contribute
Professor: Misty Knight-Finley
Office: SSPB 2223
Office Hours: Tuesdays 11:00-12:00, and by appointment
INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN GOVERNMENT
This course introduces the foundational theories of political science
Midterm Review Sheet
TAs additional office hours: after class on Fri
Define define the term (what it is)
Elaborate give more information about the definition (what is it made out of? How did it
Compare/contrast (to anything that might be relevant
Casework - legislative work on behalf of individual constituents to solve their problems with
government agencies and programs
-example: social security checks- can call if trouble getting them
- can also expedite passports and give
Second period of the Racial Contract
formal equality + de facto white privilege
Thirteenth Amendment to the US Constitution 1865
part of the transition away from de facto white privilege
no longer can own people as property
Plessy v. Ferguso
Political Science 31A
Dr. Kevin Olsen
15 May 2015
John Locke and Deadly Force
In this paper, I will be discussing H.R.306, a bill also known as the National Statistics on
Deadly Force Transparency Act of 2015, and its influence from and ass
University of Bonn
pulled out of university after frat duel and went to another university then graduated with a
degree in law
never practiced law because he was never interested in law.
Editor of Rheinische Zeitung at age 24
Dominant class makes the rules/ideas.
How ideas are propagated through society are how they are circulated.
Dominant class had control over economy and processes that control our thoughts.
There must be a capitalist economy to have vinyls.
table from 04/28/15
will of all
As a citizen, a man has a general will.
Sample exam on website
No blue book
4 basic kinds of questions: represented on sample exam
1. conceptual clarification question
2. comparative question
3. textual interpretation question
WHAT IS THE GENERAL WILL?
The Two John Locke
John Locke I Founder of Liberalism
an important tradition of political theory
developed primarily in England
a strong influence on American politics
emphasizes liberty and equality
liberty takes priority over e
The life that you lead is the nasty, brutish. Not the people
Bryan and Jeffery
Farm and steal
Farm and steal
a.) seek peace
b.) when peace doesn't work, use war
Right of nature: the bodily ability to defend you
1. Property by appropriation
Property by Exchange
[primitive market economy]
Locke says people will discover that they dislike certain things.
These pretty metals have a shared value, or coin curre
Athenian political scene before Solon
Irrational legal system exists to perform certain functions.
Did not do a very good job of performing the job it was to perform.
Solon made the Greek political system more rational.
Irrational political sy
John Locke and the Glorious Revolution
John Locker, 1632-1704
Charles II is crowned in 1680, restoring the royal line
The Restoration 1660
Members of Parliament invited King Richard to step down and kinged Charles
Anthony Ashley Cooper
Thomas Hobbes born 1588, 1679. Lived in London.
1. The Rise of Modern Science
Hobbes was very interested in Galileo Galilei Italian astronomer and physicist
Galileo vastly improves the telescope: 1609
Discovers four of Jupiter's moons and the
Physical laws determine whether or not something happens.
Why bother talking about politics if its all determined?
Kant - trying to figure out some possible event when you would be free.
The universe controls you through your inclinations.