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  • Politics As The Art Of Compromise
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    I. The label "art of compromise" and it's reference to politics. Politics is referred to as the "art of compromise". It is essential to a democratic society. Elected officials meet in legislative chambers to hammer out policies that all constituents can live with. Successful politicians learn early on the survival value of compromise. Economist Donald Wittman (1995: 154) correctly observes, "That is what good politicians do: create coalitions and find acceptable compromises". Also political phil...
  • Bradley Coalition In Los Angeles
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    Cultural Diversity in Local Politics Overview This paper explores the limits and potentials of ethnic and racial coalition building in Los Angeles. The demographic changes that have occurred in Los Angeles during the past twenty years have been extraordinary, both in scope and diversity. The area has witnessed a literal boom in population growth, increasing from 7 million in 1970 to 8.8 million in 1990. (US Bureau of the Census) However, it is the dramatic change in ethnic and racial diversity o...
  • Gun Interest Groups
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    The quest for political power. Rarely does a day pass where some form of power struggle does not occur within our government. The importance of the role of American government in the lives of its constituents has continuously grown in conjunction with a corresponding increase in governmental economic and social obligations. As the American state assumes greater power and responsibility in its actions, so must the citizens of the United States. With this increase in modern government participatio...
  • Our Youth Political Involvement Program
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    AbstractLow voting turnouts among young adults has become a trend apparent around the globe. This trend is particularly evident in the United States. Various research projects have been carried out in attempt to discover how to involve younger generations in politics. It has been proven that the implementation of specialized programs, during post-elementary through high-school years does have a positive influence on political involvement and interest of young adults. This research attempts to im...
  • Individual Interests
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    My Own Understanding of Politics "A means by which individuals and interest groups compete to shape government's impact on society's problems and goals". Politics is easily defined. It is the concept behind the words that is more difficult to understand. Though politics is the primary method of communicating with government, this is not the only time politics are used. Immediate, individual interests, wants, and needs must be satisfied, as well as societal problems. The pursuit of interest is th...
  • Individuals Perceptions About Politics In The Organization
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    To help us understand organizations, we might consider them as political systems. The political metaphor helps us understand power relationships in day-to-day organizational relationships. If we accept that power relations exist in organizations, then politics and politicking are an essential part of organizational life. Politics is a means of recognizing and, ultimately, reconciling competing interests within the organization. Competing interests can be reconciled by any number of means. For ex...
  • Special Interest Groups
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    THE ROLE OF SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS IN AMERICAN POLITICS Like political parties, pressure groups can be considered another system that connects the citizen more directly to government. However, at the same instant there are marked differences in both composition and function that define interest groups as different entities from larger political parties. According to V.O. Key Jr. in a composition appropriately entitled Pressure Groups; pressure groups "Ordinarily... concern themselves with only ...
  • Proliferation Of Political Interest Groups
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    American Pluralism In Federalist No. 10, James Madison stresses that "measures are too often decided, not according to the rules of justice and the rights of the minor party, but by the superior force of an interested and overbearing majority". Madison philosophized that a large republic, composed of numerous factions capable of competing with each other and the majority must exist in order to avoid tyranny of majority rule. # When Federalist No. 10 was published, the concept of pluralism was no...
  • Interaction Between Congress And Interest Groups
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    Interest Groups Help More Than Hurt Voter turnout has declined since 1960 but participation in interest groups has been growing. Participating in interest groups allows people to take action on issues that are most important to them. Unlike some linkage institutions, interest groups have a very close connection to government. Interest groups are an essential part of the democratic system because they allow the public to enter the political system, bring up specific issues in government, and help...
  • Interest Groups And Political Parties
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    In this comparison between David B. Truman and V.O. Key, Jr.'s views on lobby groups they have different interpretations on role and interaction of these groups in government. In a democratic system there is bound to be resentment and desire for change because it is impossible to satisfy everybody. Truman and Key describe how those individuals try to be recognized while forming groups for "strength in numbers". In the comparison of interest and pressure groups it is apparent that although they c...
  • Appointments Of The Supreme Court
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    The Political Supreme Court It is nearly impossible to avoid politics during the appointments of high profile positions; therefore, the idea that Supreme Court is above politics when referring to its appointments is giving to much credit to that entity. The appointments of the Supreme Court, as with any political body, correlate no only to the media's portraying, but also to interest group the President wishes to appease. A very recent example of the politics involved in Supreme Court appointmen...
  • Vote For A Party Candidate
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    Politics is a dirty business. Whether this truly reflects reality or is a popular misconception exacerbated by Hollywood excesses, the general sentiment towards our system of governance is that of disgust, suspicions or complete ignorance. John Doe believes that the average politician is more concerned with his own self-interest than that of his constituents - the term an 'honest politician' is an oxymoron subjected to a great amount of ridicule. The United States has widely considered itself th...
  • Lack Of Political Interest And Media Appeal
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    Celebrity Style The politics of Celebrity Style utilizes public popularity, lack of political interest, and media appeal to attract new voters and to gain influence in the political arena. As a child I spent many Sunday mornings watching WWF wrestling with my brother. Back then I would never have imagined that Jesse "The Body" Ventura would eventually become the governor of Minnesota! He was a public entertainer without a post-high school education, and little if no knowledge of politics. How he...
  • Money To Political Parties
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    The government system presently existing in the United States is elitism. An elitism paves the way for those who are powerful; those who have money. In today's society, wealthy individuals, corporations, and businesses influence and basically control government. Elitism is most commonly seen through the country's political matters. Those in power donate their to governmental candidates and officials, and their political parties. This contribution of money takes place both legally and illegally a...
  • Interest Of Absolute Leaders
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    The founding fathers developed a political system in which the interest of politicians is tied to the well being of the people. Such is the genius of the founding fathers and the reason why today, Americans enjoy the highest standard of living in the world. In countries where leaders run political systems in which their interest is not tied to the interest of the people, these countries become vehicles of self-interest. The country improves only when these leaders profit from the improvement. Th...
  • Money To Particular Candidates And Their Pacs
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    American political participation is slowly declining. It is evident that to understand politics today requires a large amount of time and research. More so than the average voter can invest time into. Ideally it is up to the average citizen to elect leaders to decide the interests of society as a whole. American citizens who are not involved in political knowledge tend to be more stand offish when it comes to voicing their opinion in political polls. To them government, seems to becoming more co...

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