theories of american exceptionalism l.
Download
Skip this Video
Loading SlideShow in 5 Seconds..
THEORIES OF AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM PowerPoint Presentation
Download Presentation
THEORIES OF AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM

Loading in 2 Seconds...

play fullscreen
1 / 17

THEORIES OF AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • 126 Views
  • Uploaded on

THEORIES OF AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM. Gary Klass POS232: Politics and Public Policy. American Creed \ Consensus Theory. middle-class dominant or "classless" society -- residual underclass. Policy trends . Limited government, except in education.

loader
I am the owner, or an agent authorized to act on behalf of the owner, of the copyrighted work described.
capcha
Download Presentation

PowerPoint Slideshow about 'THEORIES OF AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM' - benjamin


An Image/Link below is provided (as is) to download presentation

Download Policy: Content on the Website is provided to you AS IS for your information and personal use and may not be sold / licensed / shared on other websites without getting consent from its author.While downloading, if for some reason you are not able to download a presentation, the publisher may have deleted the file from their server.


- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - E N D - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Presentation Transcript
theories of american exceptionalism

THEORIES OF AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM

Gary Klass

POS232: Politics and Public Policy

american creed consensus theory
American Creed \ Consensus Theory
  • middle-class dominant or "classless" society -- residual underclass
policy trends
Policy trends
  • Limited government, except in education.
  • progressive development in periods of “middle class” reform
  • Government expands (in spurts) in reaction to appeals to middle class conscience
popular ideology
Popular ideology
  • American Creed: limited government., individualism, self-reliance; tempered by commitment to principles of equality and fair play. progressive development in periods of “middle class” reform
  • Government expands in reaction to appeals to middle class conscience
governing institutions
Governing institutions

Fragmented institutions:

  • Federalism
  • Sep. of Powers
  • Checks & Balances
  • weak parties
class conflict social control
Class conflict \ Social control
  • business elite seeks power and money; oppresses the poor and working class
policy trends7
Policy trends
  • limited government in social welfare (for the poor)
  • big government for corporate interests and the wealthy
  • cycles of expansion to control unrest and contraction enforce low wages
popular ideology8
Popular ideology
  • American laissez-faire ideology is a “false ideology” that separates politics and economics.
  • class consciousness is needed
governing institutions9
Governing institutions

Fragmented institutions:

  • designed to prevent majority control,
  • and encourage corruption and business\elite control
minority empowerment
Minority empowerment
  • middle class oppression of minorities and women, in addition to power elite oppression
policy trends11
Policy trends
  • essential characteristic of policy is the pervasive racism and sexism
  • Research describes backlash, retrenchment, erosion of previous gains
popular ideology12
Popular ideology
  • inherently racist/sexist value system that serves white, male, middle-class interests.
  • Belief in individualism and limited govt. are a cover (symbolic racism) for self-interests of the oppressors.
governing institutions13
Governing institutions
  • majoritarian institutions are a threat to minority interests
communitarian
Communitarian
  • Hyperpluralism
  • conflict among: racial, ethnic, religious, language, economic classes and beneficiary and constituency groups
policy trends15
Policy trends
  • means-tested, targeted and decentralized programs.
  • special interest politics
  • fragmented policies serve to fragment society
  • Societal fragmentation exacerbates demands for special interest policies.
popular ideology16
Popular ideology
  • changing values of integration and isolation among both majority and minority groups
  • consciousness of “common ground” citizenship interests is needed
governing institutions17
Governing institutions
  • fragmented government and targeted social policy promote special interest demands on government