Pluralism Vs Majoritarianism

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Introduction: The United States of America is a country that has strived for a government that is by the people and for the people from day one. As a result of this desire for unbiased representation of citizen’s demands, the Legislative branch of government was formed. The Legislative branch is a “Bicameral Legislature consisting of Senate and House of Representatives.”(p53) While these two chambers serve a different constituency, the members of both House and Senate are elected directly by the people. Both the House and the Senate are designed to form legislation that responds to the demands of political actors outside of government. These demands are inputs, and the legislation created in response are the outputs.
The Legislative Branch
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To defend this argument the three models discussed earlier can be utilized. Starting with pluralism, it insists that the US population isn’t a monophonic whole. Because of this, the citizens are able to join legit political groups and affect government. This is affective because its governments job to respond to legit groups with demands. While Pluralism is affective in giving control to the people, there are several problems with it. The fact that not everyone is an effective participant (have a clue) and the increased level of dissonance causes government to become more dysfunctional. As a result, the legislative branch avoids dealing with controversial issues or simply fails to produce useful legislation. These issues seen in pluralism are linked to the second model “Hyperpluralism.” The third model “Interest Group Liberalism” bring to light the fact that corporations have the same rights as citizens when it comes to forming groups that influence government. This is a vital point in the argument that the majority of public opinion isn’t represented. “Members of Congress pay close attention to interest groups for a number of reasons: interest groups can mobilize constituents, serve as watchdogs of congressional action, and supply candidates with money.”(p499). Because of this, members of congress have heavy …show more content…
Legislation is an output that responds to imputes that are in the form of legit demands. The demands are about problems brought to attention by groups of political actors outside of government. The American people are represented in the legislature through the Senate and House of Representatives. This representation doesn’t always represent the majority of American citizens due to Hyperpluralism and Interest Group Liberalism. Financially powerful Interest groups with inflated levels of political efficacy dominate the amount of attention given by congress. The US legislative branch is very convoluted and certainty needs some refining. One must realize that it’s not enough to only recognize the problems and complain about them. It takes doing your part and strenuous efforts to achieve the change one desires in his or her

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