Pluralism vs. Elitism Opinion Paper
Based on the material presented thus far in class and on research conducted for previous classes, compose a 1050-1400 word paper in which you express a personal judgment regarding which theory (pluralism or elitism) best describes wealth and power in the United States. In your response, please be sure to address the following points:
Disclose your participation in political activities. Assess how these activities may have influenced your judgment.
Beyond your personal experience, what specific evidence supports your appraisal?
Based on your appraisal of elitism and pluralism, is Madison’s hope that the checks and balances in the Constitution and the existence of opposing factions working sufficiently so the general good is not being sacrificed for the good of powerful elite and special interests?
In summarizing your conclusions, make specific mention of why this topic (wealth and power in America) should be of both personal and social relevance.