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January 15, 2017 / compassioninpolitics

Assumptions of our modern political and legal structures

  1. Legal prohibitions work
  2. Norms work
  3. Incentives work
  4. Top-down legal structures work
  5. Rights and security must be balanced (in limited cases of procedural rights, rights are often treated as trumps)
  6. The problems of government are outweighed by the needs of the community
  7. Pure democracy doesn’t work. Representation is better.
  8. Checks and balances are good and create accountability
  9. Power should be distributed (separation of powers, etc..)
  10. Education is the basis for democracy and representative democracy
  11. The press can help keep the government accountable.
  12. Politicians are generally good
  13. People are generally good.
  14. Here are a couple other jumping off points for reflection:
    What are the assumptions of public policy?
    What are the assumptions of (modern/enlightenment) political philosophy/political theory?
    What are the assumptions of (modern) organizational theory?

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