Read Dahl 62 - 76
Answer the following questions. Be sure to provide evidence from the text to support your answers.
1 - What is the difference between a presidential system and a parliamentary system?
2 - Why does Dahl suggest the Federalist Papers where propaganda?
3 - Discuss Hamilton's views on the presidency.
4 - What is "separation of powers?"
5 - Discuss the following quote:
"What [the Framers] adopt actually states that: 'Each state shall appoint, in such a manner as the legislature thereof may direct, a number of electors, equal to the whole number of Senators and representatives to which the State may be entitled in Congress.' Whatever the Framers intend by these words, the offer a huge opportunity for the democratic phase of the American revolution to democratize the presidency."
Why does the phrase "in such a manner as the legislature thereof may direct," offer a chance to democratize the presidency?
6 - How did the Constitutional Convention react to the proposal that the president be popularly elected?
7 - How was president originally selected under the Virginia Plan?
8 - How did Jackson, and later, Lincoln, Cleveland, Roosevelt, Wilson, and FDR transform the presidency? Define: mandate
9 - Why does Dalh refer to the democratization of the presidency as "pseudo-democratization."
10 - How did the British constitutional system change/evolve post-U.S. Constitutional Convention?
11 - What is the difference between a monarch, president, and prime minister?