Power Elite and Pluralism
Today we discussed the two articles, The Power Elite and Pluralism. Do you think majoritarianism, elite theory, or pluralism best describes our system of government? Provide evidence of this, using newspaper articles, examples from current events, your textbook, and the article you read. Your comment must be at least 300 words.
Today our class looked at quotes from different political scientists. Read the following quotes and identify which one you mostly agree with. Why do you agree? Support why you think that this quote is the most accurate of what you think politics and government is about.
Disraeli: “politics are the possession and distribution of power.”
Lasswell: “Government makes rules to decide who gets what of valued things in a society. It attempts to resolve conflicts among individuals and groups.”
V.O. Key, Jr.: “Power is relational – it involves the interactions between the person who exercises power and those affected by that exercise of power.”
Robert Lineberry: “…focus, in systems language, on the outputs of the political system and their impact on
the political, social, and economic environment.”