Understanding:A balance between governmental power and individual rights has been a hallmark of American political development.The Constitution emerged from the debate about the weaknesses in the Articles of Confederation as a blueprint for limited government.Objective:Explain how models of representative democracy are visible in major institutions, policies, events, or debates in the U.S.Explain how Federalist and Anti-Federalist views on central government and democracy are reflected in U.S. foundational documents.Knowledge:Representative democracies can take several forms along this scale:§ Participatory democracy, which emphasizes broad participation in politics and civil society§ Pluralist democracy, which recognizes group-based activism by nongovernmental interests striving for impact on political decision making§ Elite democracy, which emphasizes limited participation in politics and civil societyDifferent aspects of the U.S. Constitution as well as the debate between Federalist No. 10 and Brutus No. 1 reflect the tension between the broad participatory model and the more filtered participation of the pluralist and elite models.The three models of representative democracy (Participatory democracy, Pluralist democracy, Elite democracy) continue to be reflected in contemporary institutions and political behaviorMadison’s arguments in Federalist No. 10 focused on the superiority of a large republic in controlling the “mischiefs of faction,” delegating authority to elected representatives and dispersing power between the states and national government.Anti-Federalist writings, including Brutus No. 1, adhered to popular democratic theory that emphasized the benefits of a small, decentralized republic while warning of the dangers to personal liberty from a large, centralized government.Term Definition Democracy:A system of government in which the power of the government is vested in the people, who rule directly or through elected representatives.Participatory democracy: A form of democracy that emphasizes broad, direct participation in politics and civil society, in which most or all citizens participate in politics directly.Pluralist democracy: A form of democracy in which political power rests with competing interest groups (factions) so that no one group dominates political decisions.Elite democracy: A form of democracy in which a small number of people, usually those who are wealthy and well-educated, influence political decision-making.https://openstax.org/books/american-government-2e/pages/1-2-who-governs-elitism-pluralism-and-tradeoffshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oB4P3QjTwpwhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4mPfiowOZU
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