Week of Aug 17 Notes
Week of Aug 17 Notes POLI 1090 - 006
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American Political Culture Chapter One Regina M Moorer Auburn University The structure by which a country or people are ruled Formal set of rules and institutions 3 branches and 3 levels of the US government Executive Federal Judicial State Legislative Local personal rights that protect us from what the government cancannot do to us equal rights and responsibilitiesopportunities Equality vs The example of two cups of water with varying water levels 0 Equality Pouring the same amount of water into both cups In the end they are still at unequal water levels 0 Equity Pouring more into the glass with less water so that they end up being at the same water level the people have a say in who holds office and what they do with that position Culture vs Political Ideology how society operates the way of life for a group of people belief system that dictates which political party we vote for Critical components of American Political Culture Liberty Equality Democracy What Americans Think about Democracy Americans expect a lot from their government 0 We want to be kept safe and yet protect individual liberty and privacy EX department of homeland security arose after 911 0 Support the weak and keep taxes low 0 Keep healthy environment and promote business growth 0 Keep government small yet be able to handle crises quickly What unites us as a nation Political culture freedom from government control This includes personal freedom and economic freedom and is linked to the concept of limited government Equality of opportunity Equality of outcome not valued as much as A Political equality wealthy has more weight in campaigns but we all have an equal voice Representative we pick our rulers Popular Sovereignty power in the people Majority ruled but rights of the minority are still protected Trust in the government 1980 s drop Ronald Reagan s devolution process 1960 s civil rights movement S states not trusting government 2001 spike in trust after 911 2013 Great recession drop in trust Does it matter if Americans trust the government Yes taxes won t be payed otherwise American government is predicated on a citizenry that is informed and active keeps leaders aware of their preferences holds elected officials accountable at elections Trust is needed to be engaged in politics What is political ef cacy The belief that one has the ability to in uence what the government does 1960 s 25 said elected officials didn t care what citizens thought 2014 78 thought the same Political Knowledgg People will not believe that they can affect government if they don t know much about it In a 2013 survey only 28 of respondents could identify Justice Anthony Kennedy as the Supreme Court swing vote derived from the ideal refers to enlightened political engagement This entailed public discussion debate and activity designed to improve the community Citizens must be aware of the facts and what can be done about a situation and they must be willing to take action to solve community problems Necessity of political knowledge Citizens must understand how politics work if they are to shape outcomes Knowledge of the process must extend far beyond names and dates Citizens need political knowledge to understand what they can expect of their government