Thursday, February 18, 2010

test essay

Free Response

a) Define the elite theory, pluralist theory and hyper-pluralist theory of interest groups in government. (15)
Elite theory is the theoretical idea that the majority of all political power is held by one group of wealthy people who share common goals, morals, values and interests. The main idea of elite theory is that the leaders of big organizations dominate all large scale societies including the Unites States. Pluralism is rooted in the general theory of society made by liberal theorists. This idea is that there is more than one center of power. Hyper pluralist theory is that too many groups are trying to influence the political process, resulting in political chaos and contradiction among government policies.

b) Apply one of the theories above to the current debate over health care legislation. (10)

Hyper pluralist theory applies to the current debate over health care legislation because, there are too many groups that are trying to make health care go in all different directions. All of the disagreements between the groups is only causing chaos and leading to more problems. The different influences are making it difficult to decide what form of health care is best for the greater amount of people.


brutus' system against the ratification of the constitution , the counrt system is about the judiciary branch and unchecked power of judges. It is an amountt of power that has never been seen in the judiciary before.
Hamiltonsays that the judiciary branch is the least dangerous because it has the least ability out of the branches to do harm or even annoy the other branches. THe judiciary branch can only pass judgements and it even needs help from the executive branch for the enoforcements of its judgements.
these arent any laws that can be valid if they are contradictory to the constitution. Laws have complete and total freedom if the are constitutional.
Hamilton says that the judges have the authority to judge if things are constitutional in federal laws.
Hamilton says that the constitution does not give power to interpret the constitution to the supreme court because no where in the constitution does it say specifically give that power to any body of government.
The supreme court has the power to rule on issues of law and quality, the US laws and treaties made in regulations of congress.
It supports hamiltons agruement because it recognizes that the judges are subject to the laws of the land and constitution
It gives the court power to call forth any one in the US.
T.J. says that the sovereign states that were created have the power to nulify any lawa that contradict the consitution
The judicial branch has the responsibility to interpret the constitution because it's their job to judge what the law is. Lawa created by the legislature must adhere to the principles of the constitution.
The judicial branch was created to be equal to the other branches so that there are checks and balances. They are an equal branch except for their ability to perscribe the rules for the governing of the country and other branches.

--The supreme court should hace power to overturn unconstitutional laws. the judicial branch must check that the federal laws are in line with the most basic principles and documents of the US.