Authority Legal right to use power What’s the limit of this authority?
Legitimacy Accepting that the authority has the right to use its power
Legitimacy + Authority = How do you get these?
In our school / In Society / In the World Who holds power?
Can an individual really hold power in our country without being in the government?
- Aristotle “rule of the many”- Citizens participate and run the government
Initiative – creating laws Referendum –voting on laws Recall – removing officials Direct Democracy today
Ron Wyden (Senator) Jeff Merkley (Senator) S. Bonamici (1st District Rep) Representative DemocracyElecting people to make decisions for us
When it came to the Constitution,Power was an issue…. Supported a strong central government Federalist = Anti-Federalists = Believed in state’s holding more power
Number 1 concern of delegates choosing the new system… Property and protecting it
Constitution Powers of Federal Government are listed It is the supreme law of the land Trumps all state laws
1—10 Amendments Bill of Rights 13th Amendment abolished slavery 14th Amendment rights of citizens 19th Amendment women’s suffrage Power to the People
Unitary People hold no power Confederate No power at the top
Why Federalism? What makes it a good system? (For the U.S.?)