Does federalism in America improve or weaken American democracy? What are the advantages and disadvantages of states having a strong role in the American political system?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of states having a strong role in the American political system?

1. The political of compromise was an important aspect of the framing of the Constitution. Identify and discuss three political compromises that shaped the Constitution. Why was it necessary to compromise on each of those three issues? What alternatives were considered? Why was the specific compromise eventually adopted?

2. There are many barriers to organizing collective action to achieve public goods. Why is government necessary, and what role does politics play? Write an essay in which you answer these questions by discussing the relationship between public goods and barriers to collective action.

3. Does federalism in America improve or weaken American democracy? What are the advantages and disadvantages of states having a strong role in the American political system? Give at least two examples of each, and explain how they relate to the health of American democracy.

4. Explain how the Bill of Rights went from being relatively inconsequential to being a robust set of civil liberties protections.

Part II Madisonian Democracy (50 points)

Some consider the Civil Rights Movement to be an important test case of Madisonian democracy in America. What does the struggle to achieve Civil Rights say about the quality of democracy in America? Write an essay that answers that question.

In your essay, be sure to …

a) Define the concept of Madisonian Democracy, and Explain Madison’s ideas about the problems of factions (majority and minority).

b) Discuss and Analyze the relationship between the important political events and eventual policy outcomes of the Civil Rights Movement and America’s Madisonian democratic institutions.

c) Based on your analysis of Civil Rights policy in the U.S. and the Civil Rights Movement, explain your conclusion about the quality of American democracy.

Essay-writing tips: ∑ Create a detailed outline of your essay before writing, including thesis arguments for the entire

essay and each section. ∑ Do you make clearly stated thesis arguments? Do you fully define & explain the major concepts

in the essay? Does your writing clearly communicate your intended points?

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