Running head: The Powers Divided: Dissecting American Politics
The Powers Divided: Dissecting American Politics
North Seattle College
The Powers Divided: Dissecting American Politics
On May 25th, 1787, 55 delegates from the newly formed United S
What are three ways that interest groups may influence policy?
What are two types of interest groups? Provide an example of each.
What is a party caucus?
Define party realignment and dealignment. Do you think we are in the
middle of either? Gi
1. What is contract theory?
2. Compare classic liberalism to neoliberalism.
3. What are three agents of political socialization? What has influenced you
4. What is party identification? What are three things that influence party
5. What is polit
1. Go to www.house.gov and find your representative or a representative
from the state of Washington. If you are not a citizen of the US, then
choose 1 member from the state of Washington. Who did you choose?
When were they first elected?
2. Using the off
1. What is the official website of the US Supreme Court? Who is the current
Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court?
2. Compare original jurisdiction and appellate jurisdiction.
3. Summarize Marbury vs. Madison.
4. What is the difference between a concurrin
This is article is about President Obamas double down on immigration reform. Obama came
under huge amount of criticism, especially from the Latino people, since he had failed to make an
immigration reform in his first term, which was promised in his 2008
During the break, I heard that Washington State and Colorado State have made the use of
marijuana legally. Under the federal laws, however, that is still considered illegal. Voters in
November made these two states allow people over 21 to possess up to an
As we can tell in our readings, the US President has many jobs. Which two
functions of the President do you think are most important and why? Please
provide 1 reason for each function. There no right or wrong answer but rather how
you make your argument.
Find an interest group found in the United States. Provide a 1 paragraph
summary of this organization and its goals. Also, please provide its
No interest group may be covered by more than 2 people.
Utilizing the website, briefly summarize 2 poli
This week, we discuss publican opinion and voting. What are three
things/people/places that can affect your opinions? Why do they have an effect?
Also, in the US, it is not mandated that one must vote but in some countries it is.
Should US citizens be req
1. What two historical events prompted the rise in power of the
2. Describe the difference between new federalism and dual
3. Summarize McCulloch v. Maryland (1819). Why was this an
important Supreme Court case and how did
Your political compass
Economic Left/Right: -0.75
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -0.92
1. The test provides many common issues or topics which are being widely discussed
nowadays, especially questions like homosexual marriage and the use of marijuana.
What is bureaucratic accountability?
Compare the merit system and the patronage system.
What is an Executive Department? What is an independent Agency?
Provide an example of a regulatory commission and provide an example
of a government corpor
1. What are three presidential functions?
2. Define Stewardship Theory and Constitutional Theory.
3. What is the Presidential Cabinet? Name one member of President
4. What does the Twenty-Fifth amendment establish?
5. What is a veto?
How does James Madison define "factions"?
Why are factions a particular problem for democracies? All kinds of
Why shouldn't we focus on eliminating the causes of faction?
Can we have any control over the effects of factions in democra
Let's talk about current events some more . What is happening with the US
Congress folks and Senators from the state of Washington?
Please share an article, video, political ad, etc. that talks about a member of the
US House or Senate. This topic can cove
The article of confederation was organized by the governments of every single state. Each state
was given the rights to keep its independent sovereignty and freedom. The article gave each state
an equal representation and rights. Just very little power wa
Compare the systems model and the bureaucratic model.
Compare the Marxism model to the free market capitalism model.
What is a policy agenda?
What is the difference between foreign policy and domestic policy?
What is policy implementation?
1. Media is sometimes called the Fifth Branch of government. Why?
2. What is the Fairness Doctrine?
3. What is the electoral college? Do you think it should be changed or not?
Provide 2 reasons why.
4. Compare a high-stimulus election to a low-stimulus el
Both the national government and the state governments are granted such exclusive powers by
the U.S. Constitution. Although each of the 50 states has its own constitution, all provision of
state constitution must follow the federal laws, which is still co
Go to Chapter 3 of the American Government Textbook and read the
chapter which delves more deeply into the Bill of Rights and Civil
Liberties. Now that we have covered some of the basics of American
Government, ask yourself the following and write your an
Allows the mass of people to have a say in
the election of leaders (democracy in
Allows the state to mobilize the people and
build support for the state by participating in
the process of government
Policy and Government
Strong Governmental Role exists in
Privatization (newer trend): firms run by
the state given to private industry to run
Constraints that Limit Policy
Gross Domestic Produ
An organized set of ideas that modify one
Helps individuals make sense of political
issues (personal use)
Can help leaders influence public in
accepting or rejecting policies (public use)
Development of the Modern
Note: states did not always exist (see text for
history of how people organized themselves)
By mid 19th century, states existed in North
American and Europe
Colonialism spread concept and organ
Setting the Stage
What is Political Science?
The academic study of the relationships
between governments and other
governments, and between governments
Issue of power is important but in political
science focuses on govern
the Design of Government
A set of rules by which power is distributed
Law determining the fundamental political
principles of a government
Most organizations & states have one
Example: United States Constitution
Economy, People &
Prosperity & Economic Growth (how well is
Distribution of Economic benefits (how
Economy & the State
For everything the state wants to accomplish
Also known as global politics
Politics conducted among states and not
The World Since the Cold
War and Communism
The set of actors on the world stage has expanded
and become more diver