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Pluralism, State Autonomy, and Elitism explained

1- Pluralism, state autonomy, and elitism are three theories of U.S. policy making. Pluralism focuses on the power of individuals, state autonomy on bureaucracies, and elitism on the effect of elites in society. Which of these theories do you think best explains how policy changes or not?

2- What influence do you feel that interest organizations have in policy-making in Washington, D.C.? Is their influence generally positive or negative? Explain why. If possible, provide examples

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1- Pluralism, state autonomy, and elitism are three theories of U.S. policy making. Pluralism focuses on the power of individuals, state autonomy on bureaucracies, and elitism on the effect of elites in society. Which of these theories do you think best explains how policy changes or not?

Pluralism is the theory that best describes the ideal tenants associated with the United States' policy making initiatives and processes. This is due in large part to Pluralism's focus on the power of the individuals in society to hold free elections, have freedom of speech and expression, and to have the power to assemble and protest when they feel that issues should be changed by government or in society as a whole (Domhoff, 2005). These beliefs are predominantly rooted in democracy and free market ideas that reflect the foundation of the American way of life. Pluralism theorists will cite examples such as the Civil Rights movement, Union's effect on the work place, women's rights, and other movements by the average people in society that caused the ...

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Pluralism is the theory that best describes the ideal tenants associated with the United States' policy making initiatives and processes. This is due in large part to Pluralism's focus on the power of the individuals in society to hold free elections, have freedom of speech and expression, and to have the power to assemble and protest when they feel that issues should be changed by government or in society as a whole (Domhoff, 2005).

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