Fundamental questions:

The use of Power

What is a democracy?

Participatory Democracy-

Representative Democracy-

Direct versus Representative Democracy

How is power distributed in a democracy?

Theories of political elites-

            Government a reflection of economic forces two major classes the capitalists and the workers

            Iron Triangle- corporate leaders, the military, politicians

            Interest groups? The Media?

            People with expertise and specialized competencies manage the daily affairs of government.

            No single elite has a monopoly on power.

            Too many forms of power widely scattered.

            Branches of government

            States, local, municipal

            Interest groups, the media, corporations

            To make policy or to effectively use power takes bargaining and compromise.

            Politics is self seeking, people out for personal gain

            Bad motives for making policy and exercising power.

Political change-