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Wealth And Power In America
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Theories of Power
- Describe the ways political power is exercised in the executive, legislative, and judicial branches.
- Explain the influence of economic and social class on political issues.
- Analyze the influence of political and social forces in the United States on public policy issues.
Influences on Political Power
- Determine which groups in the United States influence political power.
- Describe how political power is distributed in the United States.
- Explain how issue networks function to influence public policy.
Organized Politics and Influences on Public Policy
- Determine how political parties educate and shape the public’s values.
- Describe the forces within the major political parties that influence their agenda.
- Explain why the United States tends towards a two-party system.
- Explain the effect of social mobility on political identification.
- Explain the influence of corporations on United States policies.
Groups and Policy Change
- Describe interest groups and their effect on politics.
- Describe the challenges minorities face in changing public policy.
- Differentiate the theories of pluralism, state autonomy, and elitism in U.S. society.
Wealth and Power in America
- Describe the distribution and concentration of wealth in the United States.
- Analyze the relationship among wealth, power, and influence in the United States.
- Explain class theories.
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