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GOVT 2305 Week 3 Notes

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Notes from Week 3 of GOVT 2305 Founding Fathers and The Constitution
American National Government
Iliyan Iliev
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Date Created: 02/20/16
Founding Fathers and The Constitution The Founding Fathers: • George Washington: ○ Served in British military for the French & Indian War ○ CommandedAmerican Army  Wasn't a good field general ○ Presided over Constitutional Convention ○ First President • Alexander Hamilton: ○ Aide-de-camp to Washington ○ Co-wrote Federalist papers ○ Federalist Treasury Secretary • Thomas Jefferson: ○ Authored Declarationof Independence  Did not attend Constitutional Convention ○ Founder of Democratic-Republican Party ○ Vice President for Adams ○ Third President • John Adams: ○ Quasi-Federalist ○ Drafted Declaration of Independence ○ Vice President of Washington ○ Second President • James Madison: ○ Author of Bill of Rights ○ Father of Constitution ○ Co-wrote Federalist papers ○ Founder of Democratic-Republican party ○ Fourth President Problemsthe Founding Fathers faced: • Collective action problems • Agenda setting problems • Principal-agent problems • Constitutional choice Issues at the ConstitutionalConvention: • Slavery • Large vs. small states • Strong vs. weak government The Constitution: • Why did we need a constitution? ○ Protectthe peace ○ Protectindividual rights and welfare ○ Provide public goods ○ Provide goods that markets do not • What types of rules can be specified? ○ Positions/Boundaries ○ Actions ○ Authority Aggregation ○ Aggregation ○ Scope ○ Information ○ Payoffs • Different combinations of rules create different governments: ○ Monarchy:Rule by a single person based on divine right ○ Dictatorship:Rule by a single person based on force ○ Oligarchy: Rule by a small collective ○ Democracy:Rule by a majority ○ Anarchy: No rules or everyonerules • Articles of Confederation: ○ Created in 1789 ○ Highly decentralized government ○ Each state had one votein congress ○ No executive or judicial branch ○ Why did it fail?  Failed to coordinate revolutionarywar effort  Disjointed fiscal policy  Domesticand Foreign trade barriers  Failed to provide commondefense and peace • Constitutional Convention: ○ Two plans were proposed to separate the powers of government Virginia Plan (larger states): Two chambers, based on state population, legislature can  make any law and veto state laws  New Jersey Plan (smaller states): One chamber, based on equal state representation, taxing power and regulation of commerce, veto state laws, courts appointed by executive ○ Great Compromise: Two chamber legislature:  House of Representatives:representation based on population  Senate: equal representationfrom each state  Majorityrule used for decisions ○ Goals:  Control factions  Allow people to govern themselves  Create system of representation  Solve collective action problems  Select agents to carry out functions of government • Constitution's innovations ○ Checks: each branch has a veto power over the other ○ Balances: powers are leveraged across the branches ○ National Supremacy: federal law overpowersstate law ○ Federalism: power is shared between state and national government • Amending the Constitution ○ 2/3 vote congress --> 3/4 state legislatures ratify ○ 2/3 vote congress --> 3/4 state conventions ratify ○ Constitutional Convention --> 3/4 state legislatures ratify ○ Constitutional Convention --> 3/4 state conventions ratify • Informal changes to the Constitution: ○ Changing interpretations and norms ○ Legislative actions: use of the elastic clause ○ Judicial review Articles of the Constitution: Articles of the Constitution: • Article I: The Legislature ○ Section I: House and Senate ○ Section II: House  Elected every 2 years by the people  Representationbased on population ○ Section III: Senate  Elected every 6 years by state legislatures  VP is president of the Senate  Try impeachments ○ Section IV: States run elections ○ Section V: Internal operations  Determinetheir own rules and proceedings ○ Section VI: Payment ○ Section VII:  Bills for raising revenue begin in the House  Bills must pass House and Senate  Veto and overrides are 2/3rds ○ Section VIII: Congress can:  Collect taxes, borrow & coin money,regulate commerce,post offices, declare war, rule over D.C.  Necessary and Proper Clause ○ Section IX:  End of slave trade shall not be before 1808  Habeas Corpus, Ex post facto laws ○ Section X: States cannot:  Enter into treaties with other states  Coin money  Impose tariffs • Article II: The Executive ○ Section I:  Four terms  Electoral College ○ Section II:  Commanderin Chief  Pardon Make treaties w/ 2/3rds Senate agreement   Appointments and nomination ○ Section III: State of the Union ○ Section IV: Impeachment • Article III: The Judiciary ○ Section I: One Supreme Court and inferior courts ○ Section II: Judicial power  Cases dealing with constitution  Ambassadors  Vs. United states  State and citizen of another state ○ Section III: Treason  Need two witnesses • Article VI: Supremacy Clause


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