The American Political System and Reciprocity Term Paper by Master Researcher

The American Political System and Reciprocity
A discussion on the concept of reciprocity as the basis of the American political system.
# 33111 | 900 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Sep 24, 2003 in Political Science (Political Theory)

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This paper suggests that the American political system is not based on the concept of reciprocity since the individual does not get out exactly what he puts into the system, and, democracy is also not reciprocal. The paper goes on to discuss how social status and economic divisions never allow complete equalization; the focus is on the individual without taking into account the difference in class, culture or race.

From the Paper:

"Reciprocity means give and take. It's the law of cause and effect, and we see it all around us. In political terms it would mean that what you put into the system you get out of the system. Democracy is always part socialization in democratic norms like tolerance and reciprocity and part lesson in skepticism and subversion. It means learning to live with uncertainty, and its posture is necessarily critical. It prefers challenging truths to imparting them. Its demeanor is humble rather than hubristic, social rather than solipsistic.
"To contend that "reciprocity" is the basis of the American political system and that the individual gets out exactly what he or she puts in is incorrect. Democracy is not necessarily the healthiest system especially when large numbers of citizens are perpetually eager to strike, demonstrate or pressure Congress via lobbying groups in Washington. One person's civic engagement is another's interest-group politics."

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