FAO Quotables

"But being right, even morally right, isn't everything. It is also important to be competent, to be consistent, and to be knowledgeable. It's important for your soldiers and diplomats to speak the language of the people you want to influence. It's important to understand the ethnic and tribal divisions of the place you hope to assist."
-Anne Applebaum

Thursday, August 16, 2012

How Much is Your Vote Worth? Great graphic from NYT.

How democratic is the US System?

We came across this graphic in my Ethnic conflict class today--it's from several years ago but is definitely thought provoking.


The Senate?
            Places not people
            The 17th Ammendment (1913)—more or less democractic
            *But Senate is partially there to protect the unique states’ rights

The Judiciary
            Override impossible

            State prerogatives
            Franchise and enforcement

Incumbent Advantage:
- In most countries, voting is a national holiday.  Why not in the US?  Cynical answer is because one can exclude the lower class this way. 
- # of days you can advertise prior to an election

Review/Summary of Dahl's exposition on US Democratic System.


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