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Chapter 1: The Study of American Government by Mind Map: Chapter 1: The Study of American Government
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Chapter 1: The Study of American Government

Who governs?

Marxist: socioeconomic dynamics and social changes cause the real political shifts

Bureaucrat: elected officials hold the real power

Pluralist: Too many factors influence politics to determine the main power

Elitist: Minority has disproportionate power

To what ends?

Representative Democracy

Elected representatives make political decisions on behalf of the citizens whose votes the candidates compete for


Democratic Centralism

A single party attempts to interpret the will of the people in a coarse excuse for democracy

single paty

Direct Democracy

Nearly all citizens hold civic office or participate in political decisions


Political Power

Legitimacy of power

from Constitution

Authority to govern

the people

socioeconomic status

Political Change

As times change, who governs and how much will change to accomodate needs and respond to people's desires

socioeconomic events

Foreign affairs

Generational attitudes