Unit 1.3

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Unit 1.3

  1. 1. Unit #1: Constitutional Underpinnings of U.S. Government Separation of Powers (p.p. 46-48, 62)LEQ: Is our system designed for deadlock and inaction?
  2. 2. The constitution and the scope of governmentThe Constitution created: political institutions(Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches)It created: the rules for politics and policy making What is public policy? Actions taken by government to solve problems/improve life for citizens, e.g. Social Security, Welfare
  3. 3. The constitution and the scope of government (cont’d)Constitution created the many rules that limitgovernment action (Madisonian Model) Most of these limitations are in place because they protect liberty and open the system to a broad range of participants, e.g. Civil Rights Movement
  4. 4. The constitution and the scope of government (cont’d)The individual is reinforced at every turnAlmost any group can have their demands heardBUT, it encourages stalemate “Politics as usual”

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