US Government

POS 2041 Test1 Research Packet

Summarize the theories regarding the origins of the state or government. What general purposes do governments serve?

Define and explain the Traditional Democratic, Elite-Class, Pluralism, Hyperpluralism, and Bureaucratic theories of political power.

Summarize the controversial issues surrounding representation during the Constitutional Convention and how those issues were resolved.

Explain the formal and informal methods of amending the Constitution. What are some of the political considerations involved in the amendment process?

Outline the different phases of Federalism with regard to the shifting balance between the powers of the national government and state government.

Discuss the constitutional protections provided by the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 8th Amendments to the Constitution. Be sure to incorporate the role of the 14th Amendment to these protections and the following court cases: Mapp v. Ohio; Miranda v. Arizona; Gideon v. Wainwright; and Furman v. Ga. and Greg v. Ga.

List and briefly explain the legal principles of the community standards doctrine, preferred position doctrine, clear and present danger, neutrality and least restrictive means when dealing with freedom of speech and expression.

Historically political speech has been granted the most protection under the Constitution and the courts. However, the level of protection has not always been what it is today. Explain the changes in the interpretation of the meaning of the “Clear and Present Danger” Doctrine over time. Please refer to the cases of Dennis v. United States 1951; Brandenberg v. Ohio 1969; and Texas v. Johnson 1989.

Explain the Lemon Test or otherwise known as the Three Tiered Test the Supreme Court uses to determine whether a law regarding religion violates the separation of church and state (i.e., . the establishment clause and the free exercise clause).

Explain the difference between suspect classes v. quasi-suspect classes. When it comes to discrimination court cases, which groups would receive a strict scrutiny test and what groups would receive a rational-reasonable test? Explain your answer as to why each category would receive a certain test or standard.

Explain what legal standards the courts would use when determining whether an affirmative action program would be legal as opposed to being a form of reverse discrimination.

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