Explain the differences between the two theories and defend which theory you align with and why. Does the tradeoff perspective foster democracy? Why or why not?

After reading the chapter and reviewing the PowerPoint and supplemental readings and/or videos on canvas, complete the questions below. Your responses should:

be at least one paragraph, 5-7 sentences, per question set (meaning numbers 1,2,3, etc should be about one paragraph in length each)

demonstrate a clear engagement and understanding of the course material, critical application of the concepts or terms
should include clear grammar and sentence structure

cite any evidence used from the text or outside source (this is important, if you don’t cite, turnitin.com will report it to me as plagiarism)
be typed, Calibri and 12-point font.
You will get 5 points for completing the assignment following the above guidelines.

You will get 3 points if there are 1-3 missing elements from the above guidelines.

You will get 0 points if there are more than 4 missing elements from the above guidelines.

1.Government is the means by which a society organizes itself and politics determines who gets what and how. Examine the government of the United States of America.

What type of government system exists in America? Support your answer by providing evidence of why and/or where in America it exists.

2.Political theorists argue that American government can be classified as elitist or pluralist.

Explain the differences between the two theories and defend which theory you align with and why. Does the tradeoff perspective foster democracy? Why or why not? Support your answer by using real examples in American government.

3.Democracy relies on citizen engagement to meet the needs of society and to accomplish collective goals. The less citizen engagement there is, the more disconnected the goals are from the people.

Consider your own engagement in government: are you engaged? If so, how? If not, why not? Are your needs met? Does the government aim to accomplish goals that will serve you and your community? Do you think your engagement can make a difference? Explain.

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