Political Participation as a Function of Socioeconomic Status: The Consequences for Democracy
Aseltyne, William J.
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The government is comprised of more than the state and federal branches; in this paper the government is synonymous with the political system. In the United States great efforts have been made to detach politics from government. During election years the United States Congress is acutely aware of this detachment--federal laws prohibit any "political" (campaign) activity on government time or property. Granted, differences exist in the perceptions of the government (with a static image) and of the political system (with a dynamic image); however, these distinctions are blurred at best. Indeed, the definition Wahlke provides of a government is as appropriate for a political system: a process for discovering policies which will maximally meet the policy expectations of citizens (Wahlke, 1971, p 272). In a democratic system, with the end being public policy (as opposed to despotic policy), the political system is the means. The people's role in the political system is the determinant factor in distinguishing a democracy from a non-democracy.If you are not a current K College student, faculty, or staff member, email email@example.com to request access to this SIP.