Politics 10 Spring, 1976
Answer two or three questions as time allows, Question I MUST,
however, be answered,
1. Coip.'e and contrast the attempts to gain., power ti the
political process of "your group" (i.e., the project you
selected))and the groups within any of the following:
A -- the India-n m).ovemren'
B -- the Black movement
C the women s movement
D -- the ecology ,-,vel;;el-'
NOTE: Choose, of course, a different group from your
own, Le., if you. did your project on the e/',
donlt choose B.
2. What "model" or set of hypotheses of those we have consi-
dered in this course, do you think best explains how
power is distributed in UIS. society? Be sure to define,
in a few succinct sentences what 'your" theorist says about
power, and give reasons for your answer.
3,. Lipset has pointed to the fact that a great many of the
iorge':t-. uri g democracies in today's world are constitu-
tionaL. monarchies. 'What explanations can you advance for
the curious fact that democracies often appear to be
more stable u tder kings and queens, than for example,
under presidential systems in Latin America?
4. Political analysts distinguish between a situation of
high consensus on the basic political institutions of a
society which, they say, contributes to political stability,
and a lack of consensus which may result in a situation of
permanent instability. Analyze the relative stability of
the U.S. political system in terms of the following:
consensus, legitimacy, democracy, authority, civil liberties,
mobilization, coercion, fascism.
5. Heilbroner paints a rather pessimistic picture of human-
kindts future, yet he has not given up completely on the
human race because the kinds of problems we face (he says)
are a different kind entirely from those of, for example, a
new Ice Age. How does Heilbroner characterize the global
situation? Do you agree or disagree with his diagnosis?
Give reasons for your answer.