In the comparison of interest and pressure groups it is apparent that although they created resentment in the inner layers of government, they were necessary to the development and progress of the political system. According to David B. Truman in the excerpt from The Governmental Process he demonstrates the need, influence and the importance of containment of lobby groups. Although lobby groups are separated into organized groups and unofficial groups, he considers them both equally important and dangerous interest groups. Through his writings he also demonstrates his opinion that political parties are only a large form of an interest group. Political parties don’t have as many concurrent attitudes because of its influence on impressionable people and its size, but nevertheless it is an interest group.
The distinction between power and authority can be seen in our system of checks and balance. Arguably, in this case, governments do need both to succeed as shown in the balancing of the legislature and the executive. The latter’s exercise of power is curtailed by the formers authority as a sovereign. However, in practise, the executive power usually gives it a certain authority due to its powers of the state. We accept a liberal democracy because its powers are limited by a constitution and it operates in a just way, if it does not do this its authority is questionable and armed resistance can then be legitimate or justifiable.
Rituals are an undetachable feature of politics, they are used to create a reality around people, it also helps us to get grasp what is happening around us. Politics is full of symbolism, and there are many more political displays including symbols and rituals than those including hard force. The author focuses only on rituals and argues that even in current industrial societies, rituals still play a vital and important role in politics. Symbols are a part of rituals, and people use them to bring peace and order out of chaos. It is also interesting to note that symbols are deemed as naturally give, not as a construct of society, they seem as something completely natural.
Changing ideologies in the people can affect the proportions of the representative house and the policies that are accepted and carried out by the masses. The next important attribute to consider is the government’s ability to implement policies that they have passed. If these policies are against public opinion they will have a difficult time implementing them since they do not have an authoritarian or absolute rule. The government mus... ... middle of paper ... ... a two party system which is less effectual at encompassing so many changing views, but this is still counted as having a multiple party political system. The competitive air is still present but is stunted from the full potential of political expression that it could be if there were more than two parties in the running.
The use of this two political party system creates many problems within our government as the two parties fight for control over legislature and control over the government. Despite using a republic system as Madison mentions in his paper, factions continue to control and affect our government today. Madison 's views on government branches also affects our government today. Our government being in branches does help our government from being affected by corruption by each branch being independent from each other. These independent branches help prevent corruption by each branch having independent leadership and control and not being affected by the views of each other.
There will always be different ideas, which leads to political subcultures. Depending on the situations of each person and each community, they will have their own beliefs in how the government should be doing things. Specific things that are taken into consideration when it comes to political culture are liberty, equality, civic duty, individual responsibility, and democracy. Federalism is the system that political culture works within. They flatter each other in that federalism gives political culture an outlet to be heard and to be useful and political culture gives federalism a means of success.
But a specialized group of citizens need to be especially knowledgeable, in particular, leaders. “The government operates through competing interest groups rather than public opinion. The competing interest groups represent the people’s interest to government decision makers. Democracy exists when many (plural) organizations operate separately from the government, press their interests on the government, and even challenge the government.” The public is best served if the government structure provides access for different groups to press their claims in competition with one another. A pluralistic model of democracy allows minority interests to organize and press their claims on government freely also.
Despite all its flaws and political biases, it provides an invaluable service to the nation in that it reminds us that we have a fundamental right to speak our own beliefs and to know what is going on in government. However, this could be described as an idealistic view because the media is as much the tool of the government as the government is a tool of a media. Both are driven by the force of power and money (Marxism) and therefore liable to corruption (Jones and Norton, 2010). What we read is often misconstrued for a certain effect, whether it be to sell papers or to gain support for a political party. As long as the complex relationship between politicians and media is
One question that many politicians ask now in our time, why citizens do not take more interest in politics and public policy? A question that is not asked very often until something major occur that will effect us as an individual. As an uprising politician of the community and as a youth leader, I find already that it will be very difficult to grasp the attention of the people when it comes to politics. From all of the news media outlets, to magazines and newspapers, politics has been pulled into a bubble of being a bad thing. Most of the time you often hear when politics is discussed, its dirty, they are all liars and they do whatever they want so why do we get involved?
However, the role of politicians and public servants is a grey area due to the fact that most times public servants are very much involved in some of the work politicians accomplish. This paper will argue that public servants have a higher level of control over the government rather than politicians due to their specialized and expert skills, their politicized sector, as well as their accrued independence. In order to explain the lack of control politicians have over government, it is essential to examine the range of responsibilities politicians carry out as an elected official. In a Democratic government, the fundamental role of politicians is to create and suggest laws that reflect the needs of the public. Since politicians are the face of government they are responsible for representing and responding to constituents.