Would be nasty, brutish, and short.
Would be free of unnecessary intrusion.
Is unnecessary, given man’s inherent qualities.
Is a utopian ideal.
Protects basic rights of Americans.
Defines the two central duties of national government.
Establishes the limits of government power.
Acknowledges life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness as fundamental human rights.
Dividing power across state and national government; giving distinct duties to each branch of government
dividing power between state and national government; giving each branch some power over the others
Dividing the government into three branches; giving each branch some power over the others
Giving each branch some power over the others; dividing the government into three branches
Separation of powers.
Checks and balances.
People’s opposition to powerful government.
A desire to improve the public good.
People’s altruistic tendencies.
Mimic the structure of English government.
Counter the effects of powerful factions.
Prevent class-based politics.
Competing political ideologies.
Citizens’ strong commitment to the free market and economic individualism.
A system of checks and balances.
The collective action problem.
Citizens are incapable of organizing efficient methods of distribution.
Public goods are often underproduced in a free market.
Only the government has the power to limit negative externalities.
According to several states’ laws, public goods must be funded by tax dollars.
Politics is everywhere.
Politics is conflictual.
The political process matters.
The government is corrupt
Government influences most aspects of daily life.
The political party in power has extensive control over the policies enacted.
People generally dislike political conflict.
Over 11 million people receive a paycheck from the federal government.
Conflict could be avoided without political parties.
Government would be better off without conflict.
Conflict in politics is a good thing.
Conflict in politics is inevitable.
The media tries to create an artificially conflictual environment.
The easy issues get resolved and go away, the hard ones stay.
Members of Congress genuinely dislike each other.
The political parties disagree on everything.
Compromise means abandoning principles.
Agreements never exist in the midst of controversies.
Congress never gets anything done.
Compromise and bargaining are essential to getting things done.
Americans’ rejection of government intervention in the economy.
The Founders’ inability to predict how the American economy would develop.
Slavery and its aftermath.
The difficulty in revising laws established by the Constitution.
Government regulation; economic individualism
The free market; economic individualism
The free market; economic mutualism
Government regulation; economic mutualism
Any conflict that occurs on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, or political ideology.
The conflicts that exist as a result of the inherent differences among people living in the North and the South.
The conflict among factions that form during each presidential election.
The conflict between religious and secular Americans.
An increase in benefits for welfare recipients
Making abortion illegal
Reducing business regulation
Cutting the marginal tax rate
It established a national supreme court.
Each a state had a single vote in Congress.
All thirteen states had to agree to pass legislation.
States shared authority to coin money with Congress.
National popular election
Appointment by the Congress
Appointment by the judiciary
No executive leader was specified in the Articles of Confederation.
The states were unable to raise taxes.
New York state troops threatened to occupy Massachusetts territory.
Trade between the states was inefficient.
South Carolina threatened to form an alliance with Spain.